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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Sep.

Forewing: 22-27mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831883183718831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records2210614802920251
Number of individuals282189311161395384
Unique positions1178816615335
Unique locations1168817015832
Adult records2181596751867249
Immature records231130

For the county, we have a total of 4797 records from 564 sites. First recorded in 1837.


73.343 Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 06
© Andy Nunn
73.343 Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 05
© Andy Nunn
73.343 Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 04 ova
© Derek Parkinson
73.343 Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 03 larva
© Derek Parkinson
73.343 Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 02
© Ian Andrews
73.343 Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 01
© Ian Andrews

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded fairly sparsely from vice-counties 61 to 64 but seems to be present at a low density in most wooded areas. However most records are from light traps so its frequency as a larva cannot be commented on. Map 110 in MBGBI 9 shows a VC65 record but this has not yet been traced, however since Dunn and Parrack (1986) state that it has not been taken in any western traps in Durham, it could be genuinely rare or absent from much of the vice-county.

2012 (CHF): The 1989 comments probably reflect the lack of recording at the time in VC65. This species is widespread and common over all of the county in a variety of habitats.

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