73.342 (2107) Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba (Linnaeus, 1758)

Status
Resident. Common.
 
Flight period
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History
Lennon (1863 stated it was abundant everywhere around the Dumfries area. Douglas Robinson (1870-71) found it variable but swarming in July on Almorness (VC73). K. J. Morton of Edinburgh (1900) whilst on a visit in July 1899 to Wigtownshire had found this species in the Monreith area. Gordon (1913) also found it very variable and abundant everywhere in Wigtownshire. His early and latest dates being 14th June 1899 and 27th September 1905 respectively.
 
Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Closeburn, Tynron and Castlehill, Dumfries (all VC72). Archibald Russell (1944) listed it as occurring near Gatehouse of Fleet (VC73) during the years 1942-43.
 
During 1974-92 the Rothamsted stations recorded about 500 records, then from 1992 to 2010 it had been recorded from widespread sites across the region, with numbers up to 300 at a site in one night, making it very abundant.
 
Life cycle
One protracted generation. Overwinters as a larva, during August to early spring, when it pupates underground.
 
Larval foodplants
A wide variety of grasses and herbaceous plants.
 
Identification
Long, narrow forewing with a small black pip-mark close to the apex. The hindwing lacks a crescent, unlike other yellow underwings, with a black band. Colour very variable.
 
Habitat
Practically anywhere.
© Peter Norman, Auchencairn, September 2010
© Keith Naylor
© Brian Henderson, Courance, 27 September 2011

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