Natter’s Notes Noctua pronuba, the Winter Cutworm Jean R. Natter, OSU Master Gardener Winter cutworms, also known as Large Yellow Underwings, were first identified in Oregon about 2001. About UKMoths. This caterpillar was alive, but inactive...It was also much more squishy and unresponsive than most caterpillars, so I was thinking that it may have been affected by the cold temperatures, and possibly dying. Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba (Linnaeus, 1758) Wingspan 45-55 mm. We kept it captive so as to identify it and I've now got a series of photos showing it's development. UKMoths is built, run and maintained by Ian Kimber, with thanks to the many kind contributors who provide photos and information. It was 4-5cm long. Source. Plump, yellow caterpillar with brown dashes on its abdominal segments. Well-known member. Large Yellow Underwing Moth Caterpillar. https://candidegardening.com/GB/insects/4828a688ccae61221f873d848e00e73d Large Yellow Underwing Moth (Noctua pronuba) Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Large Yellow Underwing Moth. The larvae feed on a wide range of herbaceous plants and grasses; this caterpillar was found on a Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) in a garden in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire. Fill the container with sticks and twigs so your caterpillar has things to climb on and hang off of when it starts to turn into a butterfly. May 22, 2004 #1 In April we accidentally dug up a caterpillar while weeding the rose bed. Noctua pronuba, ‘Large Yellow Underwing’, ‘Winter Cutworm’. Since then, they have raised a ruckus in home gardens, lawns, pastures, and agricultural fields during the winter. To take care of a caterpillar, keep it in a covered container that has holes so air can get in. Simon Colmer/ npl / Cutworm, Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba) caterpillar feeding on Tomato plant (Solanum lycopersicum) Sussex, UK, April / 90234649 If you are interested you'll find them here: The caterpillar will start feeding again early next year before pupating just under the soil in a silken cocoon. This caterpillar is the larval stage of the Large Yellow Underwing Moth, one of the pests known as a cutworm. Occasionally, a caterpillar will get away and cocoon in the soil, so I have unwittingly raised a large yellow underwing on occasion. 1/4 There are more than 200 species of underwings, the majority occurring in eastern North America. Fortunately, I have no moral dilemma over needing to release an exotic & invasive moth as my toads are perfectly happy to eat moths as well as larvae The great plantsman E.A. Scientific name: Noctua pronuba. Underwing Moth, common name for a diverse group of large moths with distinctive wing patterns. It had a tan head capsule. 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