Species: Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba)

Family: Owlet Moths (NOCTUIDAE)

Category: Butterflies & Moths

Location: Widespread

A. Butterflies & Moths

B. Owlet Moths (NOCTUIDAE)

The Noctuidae - or Owlet Moths - are sometimes considered the largest family of butterflies and moths, with nearly 12,000 different species.

C. Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba)

The Large Yellow Underwing is one of the most common moths of Britain, found throughout the country and often migratory. It's a medium-sized moth, having a wingspan of between four and five centimetres. As a caterpillar, it favours Docks, Foxgloves and Annual Meadow-grass as food.

The moth's yellow hindwings have a clear black band, but with no darker curve or blurring.

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Large Yellow Underwing

The food plants of this moth's caterpillar are Foxglove and Annual Meadow-grass.

Large Yellow Underwing

The Large Yellow Underwing is one of the most common moths of Britain, found throughout the country and often migratory.

This individual Large Yellow Underwing, photographed in the Cemetery in mid-afternoon in mid-July, was motionless, resting on an umbellifer for more than two hours.