Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing - Noctua janthe


Wingspan 30-40 mm. Although it is less variable than some of its close relatives, this moth does show some variation, with many individuals showing a purplish tinge. The thorax has a sharply defined pale buff frontal area, giving a very neat appearance.

Identification difficulty

It frequents woodland, hedgerows and gardens.

When to see it

Flies from July to September, when it visits flowers as well as coming to light.

Life History

Larva feeds on various herbaceous plants, including White Dead-nettle, Broad-leaved Dock and Scentless Mayweed.

UK Status

Occurring throughout Britain, it is commoner in the south. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

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

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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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