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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jun.

Forewing: 8-10mm.

Foodplant: Common Mouse-ear and Field Mouse-ear.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831883188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142015
Number of records4026718834
Number of individuals4318549788
Unique positions1919595513
Unique locations1418595813
Adult records3824637832
Immature records10000

For the county, we have a total of 259 records from 162 sites. First recorded in 1883.


73.048 Small Yellow Underwing 04
© Damian Money
73.048 Small Yellow Underwing 03
© Paul Kipling, 2 Jun 2010
73.048 Small Yellow Underwing 02
© Charles Fletcher, 24 May 2001
73.048 Small Yellow Underwing 01
© Dave Williamson

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recently recorded from several new sites but still rather local. This is a day-flying species so may be under-recorded. Ideal habitats seem to comprise long grass with Cerastium sp. present, such as in hay meadows (PQW pers. comm.).

2012 (CHF): A day-flying moth of flower-rich grassland. Still very local in the county and may be declining a little recently.

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