Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

Noctua fimbriata


Wingspan 45 to 55mm. The fore-wings have a very distinctive pattern. Those of the male are generally banded in dark and light brown, while those of the female are bright buffs.


Broad-leaved woodland and parkland, well-wooded areas. The caterpillars feed on a wide range of leaves, including those of nettles, dock, brambles, sallows and privet.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread throughout most of Britain. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

July to September.