Least Yellow Underwing - Noctua interjecta


Wingspan 31-36 mm. A relatively small Noctua, with a rich reddish-brown upperwing.

Identification difficulty

Occurs in a wide range of habitats.

When to see it

The adults are on the wing in July and August.

Life History

The larvae feed on grasses and other herbaceous plants, and overwinter.

UK Status

It is widespread and fairly frequent, mainly in the southern half of Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly common 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

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