Lunar Yellow Underwing Noctua orbona - Distribution map

Please note that the NBN Gateway map service has been terminated as of 1 April 2017.

As soon as a replacement map service is available, distribution maps will hopefully appear here again.

In the meantime, you can get some idea of distribution from the NBN Atlas website.

View the NBN Atlas Map

73.344 BF2108

Lunar Yellow Underwing Noctua orbona

(Hufnagel, 1766)

Wingspan 38-45 mm.

A declining species which has now disappeared from many of its former haunts. It still occurs in scattered localities in southern England and East Anglia, but is generally quite rare.

It resembles the Lesser Yellow Underwing (N. comes), but has a narrower, straighter forewing with a distinct black mark on the leading edge near the tip.

The larvae feed on a number of herbaceous plants and grasses, and the adults fly from June to September.
back to top