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moth Lunar Yellow Underwing Moths

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Scientific name:  Noctua orbona

Size:  Wingspan up to 44mm

Distribution:  Scarce, but found in parts of Britain (mainly southern and central England)

Months seen:  Between June and September

Habitat:  Woodlands, parks, hedgerows and gardens

Food:  Nectar.  The caterpillars feed on low growing vegetation

Special features:  Lunar Yellow Underwings are nocturnal moths which have now become quite scarce.  They can be distinguished from the more common Large Yellow Underwing by the straighter forewings which also have a large black mark on the leading edge.

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