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
- UK BAP: Not listed
- Local (only found in some areas)
Particular Caterpillar Food Plants
Seed capsules of Common Mouse-ear and Field Mouse-ear.
- 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.
Flower-rich grassland, including meadows, downland, sea-cliffs, roadside verges and grassy embankments.