Noctuidae: Noctuinae

2108 (ABH73.344) Lunar Yellow Underwing Noctua orbona, (Hufnagel, 1766)



General Information

This is a species that is in decline and which has now disappeared from many of its former haunts.


Pupates in loose soil.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a larva.
Both sexes come to light.

Forewing length: 17-20mm.
Foodplant(s): Sheep's-fescue (Festuca ovina), Wavy Hair-grass (Deschampsia flexuosa), Cock's-foot (Dactylis glomerata), Common Couch (Elytrigia repens), Reed Canary-grass (Phalaris arundinacea), Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus acris), grasses, small herbaceous plants
Flying: One generation, late June-September
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Nationally Scarce B


Dry, sandy grassland, woodland and open situations.

Regional Information

Recorded in 1 (0.4%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in

Similar Species
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell

Nationally Scarce B

Larva Type:
Brown, white, black, yellow
No. of Proleg Pairs: