Small Dark Yellow Underwing and Transparent Burnet

Small Dark Yellow Underwing - Stuart Read

Small Dark Yellow Underwing can appear very similar to its close relative the much more common Beautiful Yellow Underwing. 

However, when at rest on rocks and posts, or when nectaring on moorland flowers, it is identifiable by the white markings on a dark background as well as the yellowy-orange underwings. Bearberry Arctostaphylos uva-ursi is the sole larval foodplant. Adults can be seen from mid-April until the first week of June, at altitudes of 200-650m. It occurs in the Cairngorms, eastwards to parts of Aberdeenshire and Angus and south to Highland Perthshire. The only record north of the Great Glen is from Glen Affric. 

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