Amphipyrinae is a subfamily of the Owlet Moths (Noctuidae) and was previously a large family. However, the family has been reduced to only those species which differ from the other subfamilies in having secondary setae on the head. This group of moths has a very broad forewing and tends to crawl away when disturbed.
Copper Underwing – 2017 (NL)
The Copper Underwing (Amphipyra pyramidea) is a fairly large owlet moth with a very specific drawing on the wings. The base color of the wing is dark brown with a black oval mark that is outlined in white. The ante-median line consists of a regular light brown zigzag line. The post-median line consists of small black curves with a lighter color just outside these curves. The Cupper Underwing is very similar to the Svensson’s Copper Underwing (Amphipyra berbera). The drawing on the wings is almost the same, but the Svensson’s Copper Underwing is usually slightly duller and less sharply marked. An important distinctive difference between the two can be seen on the underside of the hindwing. In the Copper Underwing, the partly copper-colored wing margin ends quite abruptly where it extends towards the wing base in the Svensson’s Copper Underwing. The flying period is in one generation from July to November and the wingspan is 40-52mm. Host plant: Oak, Birch, Hawthorn, Honeysuckle, and Privet. Dutch name: Piramidevlinder. Frisian name: Piramideflinter.