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Large Yellow Underwing
Noctua pronuba

Linnaeus, 1758 2107 / 73.342
Photo © Andy Nunn,  Skidby VC 61

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Yorkshire Status: Abundant and widespread resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Undoubtedly the most numerous and widespread species in the list so far!' (PQW). This is one of the commonest moths in August, often abundant throughout all five vice-counties and often a nuisance in light traps. For example, on 16.8.1987, 1,852 moths of this species were trapped at MV light in one evening! (BRS) and W. Reid estimated a catch exceeding 3,500 individuals on several unusually productive nights in Sheffield in 1955 (Reid, 1955). This species exhibits a very wide range of colour forms but dark varieties are not particularly common.

2012 (CHF): Still the commonest species, widespread across the county in big numbers. Numbers in the autumn may be swollen by migration.

Recorded in 184 (92%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1846.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

< Northern Rustic  |  Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing >
Forewing: 21-26mm
Flight: June - November
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants and grasses
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
19/12/2023164SE34 - Harewood
15/11/2023164SD66 - High Bentham
08/11/2023162TA08 - Scarborough
27/10/2023261TA07 - Hunmanby
26/10/2023165SE37 - Ripon
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