The Moths of Suffolk
2297 Copper Underwing, Amphipyra pyramidea, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Woodland, scrub, hedgerows, fens, heathland, gardens and parks

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-July to mid-October

Larval foodplants : Various broad-leaved shrubs and trees; hawthorns, Blackthorn, Crab Apple, Hazel, Honeysuckle, Downy Birch, oaks

Morley's Final Catalogue : Ubiquitous on sugar in autumn. Recently noted at Bentley Woods, Ipswich, Hogs Highland, Martlesham; Lound (Ellis), Fritton and Gorleston. Not distinguished in Morley's time from Svensson's Copper Underwing

Wingspan details : Forewing 21-26mm, Wingspan 47-54mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultSvensson's Copper Underwing, Amphipyra berbera

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2002) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Larva - Lineage Wood (25.v.2003) © A Prichard
Underside - Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2002) © N Sherman
Beaten from Oak - Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2003) © N Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (11.viii.2015) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (1.viii.2015) © Neil Sherman