Large Yellow Underwing - Noctua pronuba

    Description

    Wingspan 45-55 mm. It exhibits a wide range of colour forms and patterns, although the yellow hindwings bordered with black remain pretty constant.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    It occupies a range of habitats.

    When to see it

    It flies from July to September and is freely attracted to light; often hundreds arriving at the moth-trap in peak season.

    Life History

    Caterpillars feed on a variety of herbaceous plants and grasses.

    UK Status

    Abundant throughout Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Very common and often abundant in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

    Reference
    73.342 BF2107

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map