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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two overlapping generations, Apr-Aug.

Forewing: 10-12mm.

Foodplant: Heather and Bell Heather.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831883188318831880
Year last recorded20142014201420132014
Number of records2378633712
Number of individuals59771223722
Unique positions1459443111
Unique locations1038433311
Adult records146150319
Immature records310231

For the county, we have a total of 213 records from 135 sites. First recorded in 1880.


73.257 Beautiful Yellow Underwing 06 larva
© Andy Nunn
73.257 Beautiful Yellow Underwing 05 larva
© Nick Lawman
73.257 Beautiful Yellow Underwing 04
© Andy Nunn
73.257 Beautiful Yellow Underwing 03
© Dave Shenton
73.257 Beautiful Yellow Underwing 02
© Dave Williamson
73.257 Beautiful Yellow Underwing 01
© Ian Andrews

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This day flying species is probably quite frequent on high moors and heaths but there are few recent records to support this. There is no VC65 record.

2012 (CHF): Reported by day in small numbers every year from upland heathery areas and our lowland heaths in two overlapping generations.

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