Noctuidae : Amphipyrinae
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Photo © Neil Sherman,  Showing underside, note extensive straw colouration and small amount of orange. Purdis Farm, Ipswich. July 2002

Immature stages

Similar Suffolk Species
Svensson's Copper Underwing
Amphipyra berbera
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Copper Underwing
Amphipyra pyramidea

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2297 / 73.062

Morley's Final Catalogue: Ubiquitous on sugar in autumn. Recently noted at Bentley Woods, Ipswich, Hogs Highland, Martlesham; Lound (Ellis), Fritton and Gorleston.
Not recognised as two species in Morley's time.

Recent Suffolk Status: Common. The more commonly recorded of the two species in the county.

Life history: Single-brooded. Adults regularly found at rest in buildings and outhouses by day. A frequent visitor to sugar and wine ropes. Larvae have been found regularly in Suffolk in late spring on various trees.

Identification: Very similar to Svensson's copper underwing. Recent studies have proved the only reliable external feature to separate the two is the underside of the hindwing. See photos of the underside of the two species in their respective accounts. Svensson's copper underwing has more extensive copper colour, extending beyond the dark cross-band. The copper colour is limited to a much smaller area on Copper underwing, not extending beyond the dark cross-band and there is much more extensive and obvious straw colouration. On very worn moths the features can be hard to see so are best recorded as aggregate records or dissected.

Habitat: Woodland, scrub, hedgerows, gardens.

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

Recorded in 55 (95%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1956.
Last Recorded in 2024.
Additional Stats

< Anomalous | Svensson's Copper Underwing >

Hollesley 7 August 2012 - Raymond A Watson
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
17/05/2024126TL84 - Sudbury/Glemsford
03/05/2024125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
10/10/2023125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
01/10/2023+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
30/09/2023125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
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Forewing: 21-26mm.
Flight: One generation July-Oct.
Foodplant:   Hawthorns, Blackthorn, Crab Apple, Hazel, Honeysuckle
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2/4
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