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

UK Map