Small Dark Yellow Underwing

  • Small Dark Yellow Underwing
    Small Dark Yellow Underwing

Scientific name: Anarta cordigera

Found from late April to May, occasionally to mid June

Flies rapidly in sunshine, but in dull weather can be found at rest on rocks, posts etc.

Size and Family

  • Family – Brocades, Quakers and allies (Hadenines)
  • Small Sized 
  • Wing Span Range (male to female) - 24-28mm

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Priority Species
  • Nationally Scarce

Caterpillar Description

Overwinters as a pupa. The larva feeds at night from late May to mid July on the young shoots and leaves of the foodplant

Particular Caterpillar Food Plants

Bearberry (Arctostaphyllos uva-ursi)


  • Countries – Scotland
  • Central Highlands of Scotland, recorded from Inverness-shire, Perthshire, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Morayshire and Banffshire
  • Distribution Trend Since 1970’s = Britain: Declining


Bearberry-rich moorland, mainly at altitudes of between 200-650m.

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