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Autographa jota (Linnaeus, 1758)

Имаго  (Autographa jota)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Noctuoidea family Noctuidae subfamily Plusiinae tribe Plusiini subtribe Plusiina genus Autographa → species Autographa jota

Species name(s)

Autographa jota (Linnaeus, 1758) = Phalaena jota Linnaeus, 1758 = Phalaena protea Stoll, [1782] = Phalaena (Noctua) inscripta Esper, 1791 = Plusia percontationis Ochsenheimer, 1816 = Chrysodeixis aurigutta Hübner, [1821] = Plusia ancora Freyer, 1832 = Plusia bartholomaeii Ménétriés, 1859. [9, 10]

Plain Golden Y.



This species marks on the maps: 6.

Zoogeographical regions


Russia regions

#1. Kaliningradsky; #3. Karelsky; #4. Evropeisky Severo-Zapadny; #7. Evropeisky yuzhno-tayozhny; #8. Evropeisky Tsentralny; #9. Evropeisky Tsentralno-Chernozyomny; #10. Sredne-Volzhsky; #13. Zapadno-Kavkazsky; #14. Vostochno-Kavkazsky; #17. Yuzhno-Uralsky; #20. Yuzhno-Zapadnosibirsky*; #24. Gorno-Altaisky*.

* An asterisk denotes a region for which the species is listed as an migrant or information that requires additional checking.

Forewing length

18—20 mm.

Primary colors

Red, Orange, Brown/Gray/Black.

Flight time

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Larva lifespan

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Имаго  (Autographa jota)

Detailed information with references


  • Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sardinia, Slovakia, the Soviet Union - the European part, Finland, France, Czech Republic Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [1].
  • Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the British Isles, France, Germany, Greece (mainland), Denmark (mainland), Ireland, Spain (mainland), Italy (mainland), Latvia, Lithuania , Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway (mainland)Channel Islands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sardinia, Northern Ireland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Finland, France (mainland), Croatia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [10].
  • Regions of the Russian Federation: East Caucasian, Gorno-Altaisk (?), The European North-West, the European Central Black Earth, the European Central European South taiga, the Western Caucasus, Kaliningrad, Karelia, Mid-Volzhsky, South West Siberian (?) , Southern Urals. [3].
  • Ареал A. jota — южная часть Европы. [85].

Imago Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • Длина переднего крыла 2 см, цвет оранжево-пурпурово-коричневый, характерный признак — серебристое пятно V-образной формы. Задние крылья серо-коричневатые. У схожего внешне вида — Autographa pulchrina рядом с V-образным имеется еще одно небольшое серебристое пятнышко, а основной окрас передних крыльев темнее. [85].

General info about Imago

  • Места лёта — теплые склоны, опушки леса и поляны, берега рек. [85].

Imago lifespan

  • Время лёта — с середины июня до середины августа. [85].

Larva food plants / other food objects

  • Urtica and other low-growing plants. [28].
  • Травы. [85].

Larva lifespan

  • С конца августа до конца мая. [85].

Overwintering stage

  • Зимует металловидка йота на стадии гусеницы. [85].

Subspecies of Autographa jota


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Photos: Irina Nikulina, Andrey Ponomarev.

Text data: Peter Khramov.

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