Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: -

Forewing: -

Foodplant: -

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19601960197719731983
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records521227612726121
Number of individuals48228312451889239
Unique positions68499710518
Unique locations69509510516
Adult records517226598711121
Immature records201000

For the county, we have a total of 2207 records from 335 sites. First recorded in 1960.


73.063 Svensson's Copper Underwing 03 pale-tipped palps
© Derek Parkinson
73.063 Svensson's Copper Underwing 02 larva
© Derek Parkinson
73.063 Svensson's Copper Underwing 01
© Alan Draper

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Previously very rare and of sporadic appearance in the County (YNU, 1970), Copper Underwings started appearing regularly in the late 1970s. Except for those mentioned above, all specimens examined so far have proved to be A. berbera. However, since the two species were only separated in 1968, many early specimens were submitted as A. pyramidea (Linnaeus) due to uncertainty of distinguishing them. A selection of records is given to indicate the spread and current range of the species in the County. There is no VC65 record.

Argus 47, 2001-04:
VC65. High Batts, 1983 (SPW). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Argus 56, 2008:
VC62. Haxby, 8.9.2008 (TJC). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): There has been an increase in numbers which has been most marked since 2004 but seems to have levelled out in the last few years. Now common and widespread across the county in similar numbers to pyramidea which has been expanding at a faster rate. To separate these two species, see the comments under pyramidea.

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