The Moths of Suffolk
2443 Plain Golden Y, Autographa jota, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Woodland, scrub, fens, grassland, heathland and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to mid-August

Larval foodplants : Various herbaceous plants, including Common Nettle, White and Red Dead-nettle

Morley's Final Catalogue : Also broadly distributed, and commoner than the next kind. Brantham (Buckell), Bentley, somewhat common at Ipswich (Pyett), Hemley, Aldeburgh, Leiston, Brandeston, Monks Soham rarely at light, Needham, Stowmarket. Bungay, Beccles, Gorleston.

Wingspan details : Forewing 17-21mm, Wingspan 38-46mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultSilver Y, Autographa gamma
Beautiful Golden Y, Autographa pulchrina

Compare confusion species
    Adult

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Eye (16.vi.2000) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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North Cove, Suffolk (23.vi.2006) © A Prichard
Folkestone Warren, Kent (9.vii.2009) © Matthew Deans
Folkestone Warren, Kent (9.vii.2009) © Matthew Deans
 
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Spexhall, Suffolk (3.vii.2010) © Matthew Deans
Kullbery, Insh, Inverness-shire (24.vii.2011) © Neil Sherman
Oulton Marshes, Suffolk (6.vii.2012) © A Prichard