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Plain Golden Y
Autographa jota

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2443 / 73.017
Photo © Damian Money,  Saltburn, VC62

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Silver Y
Autographa gamma
Beautiful Golden Y
Autographa pulchrina
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Yorkshire Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Generally frequent and recorded over all five vice-counties. Most frequent in the south where it has been reported as more common than A. pulchrina (Haworth) in one area of VC63. In east VC61 it occurs in about equal numbers to that species. Elsewhere pulchrina seems to be the more common, although how much more varies from place to place.

2012 (CHF): Common and widespread across all five vice-counties. More common than Beautiful Golden Y in VC61 but less common in VC63 and 64. It flies about two weeks later.

Recorded in 164 (82%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1846.
Last Recorded in 2022.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 17-21mm
Flight: June - August
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
14/08/2022161TA26 - Flamborough Head (South)
12/08/2022165SE08 - West Witton
11/08/2022162NZ61 - Guisborough
09/08/2022165SE19 - Leyburn / Catterick Garrison
08/08/2022164SD86 - Settle
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