73.063 (2298) Svensson's Copper Underwing Amphipyra berbera svenssoni Fletcher 1968 

Status
Resident. Rare.
 
Flight period
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History
Svensson's Copper Underwing was thought to be a sub-species until it was discovered as a full species in the 1960s.
 
The first record was of one trapped at Mersehead RSPB on 16th September 1996, with another there ten years later on 18th August.
 
It was also trapped at the adjacent Southwick Coast SWT site in September 1996.
 
At a Grey Daggers Moth Group field meeting at Edingham, another was trapped on 25th August 2006.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as an egg. Larvae are present from the middle of April to the end of May, with pupation underground.
 
Larval foodplants
Oaks, limes, Sallow and Rhododendron.
 
Identification
The key feature which should always be used is the underside of the hindwing where the copper colour is in the final third but continues towards the base in the trailing half. To see this the moth really needs to be anaethetised or gently manhandled by grasping the abdomen between forefinger and thumb from the front and prising open the wings to check.
 
Habitat
Mainly woodland, but also gardens and hedgerows.
 
Recorders' notes
Specimen or quality photo required for record acceptance.
© Keith Naylor, Mersehead RSPB, 18 August 2006

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