The striped caterpillar that is crawling along the surface of fresh snow is the larval stage of a noctuid or owlet moth known as the Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba).Noctuids are dull-colored, medium-sized, nocturnal moths that are attracted to lights in the summer. The yellow hindwings have a narrow black band without the dark crescent or … The forewings are equally variable in pattern and colour, from pale clay to reddish clay, light brown to almost black. The UKMoths Facebook Page is a great place to post your identification queries. Insects are typically drawn to areas by available food supply, weather, environmental factors, water supply, mating patterns etc... and are quite territorial. There are a total of [ 377 ] Texas Moths in the ButterflyIdentification.org database. It holds its wings folded back, flat along the body, and scuttles about on the floor, a bit like a mouse! The caterpillar will start feeding again early next year before pupating just under the soil in a silken cocoon. Contact individual photographers for permission to use for any purpose. The caterpillar of this moth is commonly known as a cutworm and is a common pest of tomato, potato, carrot, strawberry, grape, onions, spinach, mustard and grass. The species can be commonly found throughout much of the British Isles and Europe. 1.46-47. The Lesser Yellow Underwing moth, Noctua comes, is a member of the large Noctuidae moth family. 933551.00 – 11003.1 – Noctua pronuba (Linnaeus, 1758) – Large Yellow Underwing Moth Photographs are the copyrighted property of each photographer listed. Males have dark upperwings, usually brownish, greyish or even blackish and the wings are marbled. at the  Mississippi State University, Send suggestions, or submit photographs to Webmaster — Moth Photographers Group, Database design and scripting support provided by Mike Boone, (Linnaeus, 1758) – Large Yellow Underwing Moth, select View by Region on the related species page.). Night-flying but often disturbed by day. UKMoths is built, run and maintained by Ian Kimber, with thanks to the many kind contributors who provide photos and information. The large yellow underwing is a very common, large, brown moth, with orangey-yellow hindwings, bordered with black. An underwing moth which has hindwings that are yellow with a black terminal band. Large Yellow Underwing Moth Noctua pronuba One of the most common large moths. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 27.3: p. 63; pl. If disturbed as it rests during daylight, it flashes the bright orange-yellow of its underwings in an attempt to scare off any predators. Martin Townsend and Paul Waring (Illustrated by Richard Lewington), Barry Goater (Illustrated by Geoffrey Senior and Robert Dyke), David Newland, Robert Still and Andy Swash. Showing the beautiful yellow underwings. Mississippi Entomological Museum  Noctua pronuba is an introduced species from Eurasia, widespread coast to coast. Description Wingspan 45-55 mm. Male and female differ from one another. Large Yellow Underwing Moth (Noctua pronuba) Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Large Yellow Underwing Moth. Contact individual photographers for permission to use for any purpose. Occupying a range of habitats, the caterpillars feed on a variety of herbaceous plants and grasses. E.A. Adults fly from June right through to October, and often come to lights at night. Noctua pronuba is a common large noctuid moth (FW length 24 - 27 mm) with a long forewing in some shade of warm brown bearing prominent small black dots near the apex and a bright yellow-orange hindwing with a black marginal band but lacking a discal spot that is found in a multitude of habitats in our region after spreading here in 2001. A final instar caterpillar of the Large Yellow Underwing moth ready to hibernate over winter. Antenna finely setose in both sexes. It is considered a cutworm which is a group of caterpillars known to do damage to the base of plants severing it or damaging it fatally. Since then, they have raised a ruckus in home gardens, lawns, pastures, and agricultural fields during the winter. It is an abundant species throughout the Palearctic ecozone, one of the most common and most familiar moths of the region. In North America its range in recent … This is a Large Yellow Underwing, Noctua pronuba, and according to BugGuide it was: “Introduced from Europe to Nova Scotia in 1979, this species has since spread north to the Arctic Ocean, west to the Pacific, and south to the Gulf of Mexico.” 11003.1. © 2020 Ian Kimber/UKMoths. Photographs are the copyrighted property of each photographer listed. The large yellow underwing (Noctua pronuba) is a moth, the type species for the family Noctuidae. Moth insects found in the state of Texas. The crosslines are weak. The Large Yellow Underwing is a relatively huge, very variable Noctuid. Noctua pronuba "Large Yellow Underwing" Although it is called the "Yellow Underwing" the underwings of this moth are typically a bright orange. Highly migratory with large numbers appearing suddenly in marginal parts of the British Isles and Europe the forewings are,... Much of the large Yellow Underwing moth ready to hibernate over winter pattern and colour, from clay. 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