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Svensson's Copper Underwing
Amphipyra berbera
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Copper Underwing
Amphipyra pyramidea

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2297 / 73.062

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 this 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 109 (78%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1869.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 21-26mm
Flight: July - October
Foodplant:   Hawthorns, Blackthorn, Crab Apple, Hazel, Honeysuckle
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2/3
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
14/10/20221VC40 - ShropshireSJ51
12/10/20221VC37 - WorcestershireSP18
03/10/20221VC37 - WorcestershireSP18
01/10/20221VC37 - WorcestershireSP18
29/09/20221VC39 - StaffordshireSO99

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