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Lunar Yellow Underwing
Noctua orbona (Hufnagel, 1766)
Noctuidae: Noctuinae
2108 / 73.344
Photo © Garry Barlow,  Brecks, Norfolk 17/06/2015

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Forewing: 17-20mm.
Flight: One generation June-Sept.
Foodplant:   Grasses and small herbaceous plants.
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
Norfolk Status
A declining species which has now disappeared from many of its former haunts.
Open sandy, heathy or calcareous sites and open grassy areas within woodland, occasionally appears to wander.
Breckland stronghold, found at old-established Breck heathland sites and on re-stocked plantations within Thetford Forest.

Note: short forewing, well-defined black mark near the tip of the forewing and well defined crescent mark on hindwing diagnostic.

Recorded in 56 (81%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1900.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
22/09/2020227TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
22/09/2020127TG20 - Norwich
22/09/2020128TL99 - Thompson/Gt.Hocking
20/09/2020127TG20 - Norwich
20/09/20201727TM39 - Loddon/Ditchingham
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