Noctua pronuba in Canada

Prichard,AW,NAR7 PRICHAA2 M at
Tue Jan 19 09:00:44 EST 1999

I agree that N. pronuba is still a common moth but in my opinion just not as
common as it used to be.

As mentioned in my previous mail, the case of the Garden Tiger (Arctia caja)
springs to mind. This used to be very common. Nowadays we record probably
under twenty a year.

The commonest species that we have around here (Suffolk) are probably the
Heart and Dart (Agrotis exclamationis), Shuttle-shaped Dart (Agrotis puta)
and Dark Arches (Apamea monoglypha). All out doing N. pronuba in terms of


Tony Prichard

> -----Original Message-----
> Sent:	Monday, January 18, 1999 9:12 PM
> To:	leps-l at
> Subject:	Re: Noctua pronuba in Canada
> In article < at>
>            niklas.wahlberg at Helsinki.FI "Niklas Wahlberg" writes:
> > At 10:27 18.1.1999 GMT, you wrote:
> > >In article <369FC881.3E58DA8D at>,
> > >       Yan Boulanger <yanb at> asked:
> > >
> > >>Considering the large number of species of host plant that moth has, I
> think
> > >>it can spread further north than that.  If possible, I would like to
> know
> > >>how far north it is in Europe.
> > 
> > Noctua pronuba is common in southern Finland and occurs regularly in
> > central Finland. Hope this is of interest.
> > 
> > Cheers,
> > Niklas Wahlberg
>  I was with some lepidopterists friends a few days ago and mentioned
> the fact that there was a lot of activity on the net about this moth.
> This caused some mild amusement. It is the sort of moth that people 
> tend to ignore in their traps because it is so very common.
> The "Large Yellow Underwing" is a very common moth probably the commonest
> moth we get.. As a child I would frequently find pupae whilst digging the
> garden. These would be placed in a pot of soil until they emerged. The
> vast
> majority were this moth. 
> -- 
> Neil Jones- Neil at
> "At some point I had to stand up and be counted. Who speaks for the
> butterflies?" Andrew Lees - The quotation on his memorial at Crymlyn Bog
> National Nature Reserve

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