Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Lesser Yellow Underwing Moth
Noctua comes (Hübner, 1813)

Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Noctuinae
Identification: Similar to Noctua pronuba, but smaller; black-banded orange hindwing has small black arch in median area, lacking in N. pronuba.
Wing Span: 3.5 - 4.0 cm
Life History:
Flight: Adults are nocturnal; records from July to October.
Caterpillar Hosts: In Europe larval hostplants are listed as blackthorn, hawthorn, sallow, heather, dock, foxglove, and many other trees, shrubs and plants
Adult Food:
Range: European species first found in Vancouver, B.C. in 1982. Spread to Oregon. Also found in Ontario.
Management Needs:
Taxonomy Notes: None.