The Moths of Suffolk
2142 Beautiful Yellow Underwing, Anarta myrtilli, (Linnaeus, 1761)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Common in heathland areas

Habitats : Heathland

Flight Period : Double-brooded; probably with overlapping generations from June to August, occasional earlier and later records

Larval foodplants : Heather and Bell Heather

Morley's Final Catalogue : On heaths; apparently much rarer than before 1890, when it was recorded from those about Foxhall, Leiston Lowestoft, &c., as well as on the Breck at Brandon and Tuddenham. At Tuddenham it persists (Sparke); as well as at Hollesley (Wlr), Sutton where it was attracted to Cyanothus flowers (D), Belton and Fritton (Mr).

Wingspan details : Forewing 10-12mm, Wingspan 24-28mm


Confusion species
    AdultTrue Lover's Knot, Lycophotia porphyrea
Small Dark Yellow Underwing, Anarta cordigera

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Dorset (6.viii.2002) © M Deans

Flight chart
1 1 23 100 82 15 1

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2004) © N Sherman
Found on Heather - Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2003) © N Sherman
Mating pair - Purdis heath, Suffolk ( © Neil Sherman