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Svensson's Copper Underwing
Amphipyra berbera

Fletcher, 1968 2298 / 73.063
Photo © Alan Draper,  SE361509Spofforth, VC64

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Amphipyra pyramidea
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Yorkshire Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Previously very rare and of sporadic appearance in the County (YNU, 1970), Copper Underwings started appearing regularly in the late 1970s. Except for those mentioned above, all specimens examined so far have proved to be A. berbera. However, since the two species were only separated in 1968, many early specimens were submitted as A. pyramidea (Linnaeus) due to uncertainty of distinguishing them. A selection of records is given to indicate the spread and current range of the species in the County. There is no VC65 record.

Argus 47, 2001-2004:

VC65. High Batts, 1983 (SPW). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Argus 56, 2008:

VC62. Haxby, 8.9.2008 (TJC). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): There has been an increase in numbers which has been most marked since 2004 but seems to have levelled out in the last few years. Now common and widespread across the county in similar numbers to pyramidea which has been expanding at a faster rate. To separate these two species, see the comments under pyramidea.

Recorded in 126 (63%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1960.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 21-26mm
Flight: July - September
Foodplant:   Pedunculate Oak, limes, Hornbeam, willows
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2/3
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
06/10/2023261TA07 - Hunmanby
01/10/2023164SE14 - Ilkley / Menston / B in W
25/09/2023161TA02 - Hessle
25/09/2023162SE56 - Easingwold (S)
23/09/2023163SE12 - Elland / Brighouse / Low Moor
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