Large Yellow Underwing - Noctua pronuba


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

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)

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map