Svensson's Copper Underwing


Svensson's Copper Underwing

Taxobox
name = Svensson's Copper Underwing
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Arthropoda
classis = Insecta
ordo = Lepidoptera
familia = Noctuidae
genus = "Amphipyra"
species = "A. berbera"
binomial = "Amphipyra berbera"
binomial_authority = Rungs, 1949

Svensson's Copper Underwing ("Amphipyra berbera") is a moth of the family Noctuidae. It is distributed throughout Europe.

This species has a wingspan of 47-56 mm, the female usually larger than the male. The forewings are brown, marked with pale fascia and a dark-centred pale stigma. The hindwings are bright copper-coloured. This species is very similar to the Copper Underwing ("Amphipyra pyramidea") but can usually be distinguished by the pattern on the underside of the hindwings: "A. pyramidea" has a pale central area, contrasting strongly with darker margins; "A berbera" is much more uniformly coloured. "A. berbera" flies at night from July to September ref|flight_season and is attracted to light and strongly to sugar.

The larva feeds on a range of trees and shrubs (see list below). The species overwinters as an egg.

# "The flight season refers to the British Isles. This may vary in other parts of the range."

Recorded food plants

*"Acer" - Sycamore Maple
*"Carpinus" - Hornbeam
*"Populus" - Aspen
*"Quercus" - Oak
*"Rhododendron"
*"Salix" - Willow
*"Sorbus" - Rowan
*"Syringa" - Lilac
*"Tilia" - Lime

References

*Chinery, Michael "Collins Guide to the Insects of Britain and Western Europe" 1986 (Reprinted 1991)
*Skinner, Bernard "Colour Identification Guide to Moths of the British Isles" 1984


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