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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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map