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Species Noctua pronuba - Large Yellow Underwing - Hodges#11003.1

Large Yellow Underwing - caterpillar - Noctua pronuba cutworm? - Noctua pronuba middle instar caterpillar - Noctua pronuba Caterpillar on fall aster - Noctua pronuba Unknown Caterpillar - Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing? - Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing? - Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing Moth Caterpillar - Noctua pronuba
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Tribe Noctuini
Subtribe Noctuina
Genus Noctua (Yellow Underwings)
Species pronuba (Large Yellow Underwing - Hodges#11003.1)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Greater Yellow Underwing
Winter Cutworm (larva)
Adult: hindwing yellow with black terminal band; forewing varies from light to dark brown to orangish to grayish, and from almost unmarked to boldly patterned; reniform spot large and either dark or barely visible; small dark patch along costa near apex nearly always present (see links to images in Internet References section below).
most of North America
native to Eurasia
Larvae feed on a variety of crops and vegetables, plus grasses (Moths of North Dakota)
Life Cycle
Larva; larva; larva closeup; pupa; adult
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.
See Also
In British Columbia and northwestern US, the similar Lesser Yellow Underwing (Noctua comes) has a small black arc on the hindwing, lacking in N. pronuba

Noctua pronuba ..........N. comes

Hemieuxoa rudens - Hodges #10914
Print References
Lafontaine, J.D., 1998. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 27.3. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation. p. 63; pl. 1.46-47. (1)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - species account with photos of larvae, living and pinned adults.
live adult images (Larry Line, Maryland)
Moths of North Dakota (Gerald Fauske)