Svensson's Copper Underwing Moth - Amphipyra berbera, click for a larger image
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Svensson's Copper Underwing Moth - Amphipyra berbera, click for a larger image

Svensson's Copper Underwing Moth - Amphipyra berbera
Family - Noctuidae

One of the larger UK moth species with a wingspan of 46-58mm (1.8-2.25in) found mostly in the South.  Svensson's Copper Underwing is easily confused with Copper Underwing - Amphipyra pyramidea, but several subtle differences aid identification with the most frequently quoted being that of the labial pals when viewed face on.  Svensson's are dark with pale tips whilst those of the Copper Underwing are pale throughout, the two species were only separately classified in the 1960's.  Flying at night from July to September and over wintering as an egg, it's larval food plants include Oak, Willow, Rowan and Rhododendron, all of which can be found in Brickfields Park.

73.063, Bradley & Fletcher #2298

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