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Scientific Name: Noctua pronuba
Common Name: Large Yellow Underwing
Noctua pronuba, more commonly known as the Large Yellow Underwing, has a wingspan of 45-55 mm and is possibly the most abundant of our larger moths. This species can be found throughout Britain, and numbers are often enhanced by large migratory influxes in the south.
It exhibits a wide range of colour forms and patterns, although the yellow hindwings bordered with black remain pretty constant. It flies from July to September and is freely attracted to light; often hundreds arriving at the moth-trap in peak season. It occupies a range of habitats, and the caterpillars feed on a variety of herbaceous plants and grasses.
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