Lesser Yellow Underwing - Noctua comes


    Wingspan 37-45 mm. Like its larger cousin, the Large Yellow Underwing (N. pronuba), it shows a wide range of variation in colour and pattern of the forewings.

    Identification difficulty

    Inhabits a varied range of habitats.

    When to see it

    The adults are on the wing between July and September, when they are often attracted to light.

    Life History

    Larva feeds on Common Nettle, Broad-leaved Dock and Foxglove.

    UK Status

    This moth is found plentifully throughout Britain. 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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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map