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Noctua orbona (Hufnagel, 1766) Species

Last modified: Oct. 15, 2022, 4:35 p.m.

A very rare and local species throughout Belgium, mainly distributed on dry sandy soils.
More observed in the Kempen, mostly as singletons, but sometimes in higher numbers.
It's a declining species everywhere in Europe.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Noctuinae > Tribus: Noctuini > Genus: Noctua > Species: Noctua orbona
Vernacular names
Zwartpuntvolgeling (NL), Lunar Yellow Underwing (EN), La Suivante (FR), Schmalflügelige Bandeule (DE)
Noctua subsequa (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
First mention in Belgium
De Sélys-Longchamps E. 1844. Énumération des insectes Lépidoptères de la Belgique. — Mémoires de la Société royale des Sciences de Liége 2: 1–35. On page 11. view page




Wingspan: 37–46 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


The larva is active during the night.

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Pupation in a small hole underground.
In the summer during extreme warm and dry periods, the adults are inactive and holding a rest period, called aestivation. They come to light and sugar.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in one long generation: from end of May till the end of September.

Observed on

Herbaceous plants and Grasses

It feeds on grasses and a variety of herbaceous plants.

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