Silver Y moth

  • Scientific name: Autographa gamma
  • Type: Insects

Key information

Silver Y moths vary in colour from purple-grey to almost black, but they all have the characteristic ‘y’ mark on each forewing.

This moth, which often flies during the day with a fast, whirring action, migrates from Europe and can be found throughout the UK, sometimes in abundance.

There are generally two waves of migration: spring and late summer. The caterpillars are green and feed on a variety of low-growing plants.

What they eat:

Adults drink nectar from flowers. Caterpillars eat a variety of plants.


About 40mm

Identifying features:

Natural habitats: Flower border Hanging basket Hedge Herb garden Meadow area Patio Shrub Window box Woodland area

Where and when to see them

They can be found on nectar-rich plants. Also in parks, grassland, meadows and scrubby areas.

You can usually see them in spring and summer.

  • jan
  • feb
  • mar
  • apr
  • may
  • jun
  • jul
  • aug
  • sep
  • oct
  • nov
  • dec