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Copper Underwing
Amphipyra pyramidea
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Svensson's Copper Underwing
Amphipyra berbera

Fletcher, 1968 2298 / 73.063

A common resident across the region.

Most frequent in woodland but also found in scrub, parks, gardens.

Overwinters as an egg and adults come readily to light.

The orange suffusion on the underwing of Copper species stops at the black cross-line on the hindwing. In Svensson's it diffuses beyond. Another pointer is that Copper tends to be brighter and more contrasty with bolder chequering on the abdomen. Svensson's, before it was separated from Copper, used to be called the Drab Copper Underwing.

Verification Grade Comment: Hindwing must be checked or Gen. Det.

Recorded in 84 (60%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1930.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 21-26mm
Flight: July - September
Foodplant:   Pedunculate Oak, limes, Hornbeam, willows
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2/3
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
12/09/20191VC39 - StaffordshireSJ93
09/09/20191VC36 - HerefordshireSO75
08/09/20192VC37 - WorcestershireSO74
07/09/20191VC37 - WorcestershireSO74
06/09/20191VC37 - WorcestershireSO74

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