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Silver Y
Autographa gamma
Beautiful Golden Y
Autographa pulchrina
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Plain Golden Y
Autographa jota

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2443 / 73.017

Morley's Final Catalogue: Also broadly distributed, and commoner than the next kind. Brantham (Bucknell), Bentley, somewhat common at Ipswich (Pyett), Hemley, Aldeburgh, Leiston, Brandeston, Monks Soham rarely at light, Needham, Stowmarket. Bungay, Beccles, Gorleston.

Recent Suffolk Status: Local. Evidence of a recent decline and is no longer commoner than Beautiful golden Y in Suffolk.

Life history: Single-brooded. Seen at light in small numbers.

Identification: More redder in colour than the similar Beautiful golden Y and the kidney mark isn't gold-edged so is indistinct. The golden Y mark is usually broken. Silver Y is usually a much greyer moth.

Habitat: Woodland, hedgerows, gardens.

Recorded in 45 (78%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1940.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
24/06/2023125TM58 - Carlton Colville/Kessingland
21/06/2023125TM28 - Mendham
04/07/2022125TM38 - Bungay/Rumburgh
03/07/2022+25TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
21/05/2022125TM27 - Fressingfield/Stradbroke
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Forewing: 17-21mm.
Flight: One generation June-Aug.
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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