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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Abundant and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Sep.

Forewing: 16-21mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19261958184619401940
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records11780366642034863893
Number of individuals668302141918725293054968
Unique positions20820228528667
Unique locations20519627529065
Adult records11715360440544683878
Immature records230602

For the county, we have a total of 25405 records from 1031 sites. First recorded in 1846.


73.345 Lesser Yellow Underwing 05
© Terry Box
73.345 Lesser Yellow Underwing 04
© Terry Box, 4 Sep 2020
73.345 Lesser Yellow Underwing 03 larva
© Dave Shenton
73.345 Lesser Yellow Underwing 02 var. sagittifer
© Graham Feathestone
73.345 Lesser Yellow Underwing 01
© Alan Miller

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded from all five vice-counties in all habitat types and often frequent to common. In VC61 larvae have often been found on great hairy willow-herb in autumn and on small hawthorn bushes and other scrub in spring, but have also been found on nettle among other plants (PQW pers. comm.).

2012 (CHF): Common and widespread across all of the county with no recent changes in range or numbers.

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