Noctuidae: Plusiinae

09059 Beautiful Golden Y Autographa pulchrina, (Haworth, 1809)

BF2442 (ABH73.016)

Christophstal, July 2013
Christophstal, July 2013
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Christophstal, July 2013
 Photo © Peter Bissell

General Information

Pupates in a folder leaf of the food plant.

Overwinters as a larva.
Both sexes come to light.

Forewing length: 17-20mm.
Foodplant(s): Common Nettle (Urtica dioica), Hedge Woundwort (Stachys sylvatica), Common Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea), Wood Avens (Geum urbanum), honeysuckles (Lonicera spp.), herbaceous plants
Flying: One generation, late May-late July
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Not endangered


Woodland, hedgerows, fens, heathland, grassland, scrub and gardens.

Regional Information

Recorded in 1 (0.4%) of the 270 2km squares of Baden-W├╝rttemberg.

Last recorded in June 2014

Recorded date range (Flying/Adult): 06 June to 14 July

Similar Species
Christophstal, September 2013
Christophstal, September 2013
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Silver Y Autographa gamma

Larva Type:
Green, white, yellow, black, brown
No. of Proleg Pairs: