Plain Golden Y Autographa jota
Plain Golden Y Autographa jota
Adult • Littleborough, Lancashire • © Ian Kimber

73.017 BF2443
Plain Golden Y Autographa jota

(Linnaeus, 1758)

Wingspan 38-46 mm.

Similar in appearance to the Beautiful Golden Y (Autographa pulchrina), this moth has a plainer, more brick-red appearance, with fewer less-distinct metallic markings.

It flies at night from June to August, and is regularly attracted to light. It is a fairly common species over most of Britain, though scarcer in Scotland.

The larvae feed on a range of plants including nettle (Urtica dioica).
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