Small Yellow Underwing

  • Small Yellow Underwing
    Small Yellow Underwing

Scientific name: Panemeria tenebrata

May - June. Britain and Ireland. Small dark brown moth with yellow hindwing bordered with black. Often seen near common mouse-ear and field mouse-ear. Inhabits flower-rich grassland.

On the wing this species is most likely to be confused with species of Pyrausta, although the black hindwing of the Small Yellow Underwing is traversed by a broad yellow band. Often rests with its hindwings exposed.  Flies actively in sunshine visiting flowers such as dandelion and buttercup.

Size and Family

  • Family – Clovers, Straws and allies (Heliothines)
  • Small Sized 

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Local (only found in some areas)

Particular Caterpillar Food Plants

Seed capsules of Common Mouse-ear and Field Mouse-ear.

Distribution

  • Countries – England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland
  • Thinly distributed but found widely over much of England, Wales, south-east Scotland and south-west Ireland. Easily overlooked because of its small size.

Habitat

Flower-rich grassland, including meadows, downland, sea-cliffs, roadside verges and grassy embankments.

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