Straw Underwing

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Straw Underwing
Thalpophila matura entomart.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae
Genus: Thalpophila
Species: T. matura
Binomial name
Thalpophila matura
Hufnagel, 1766

The Straw Underwing (Thalpophila matura) is a moth of the family Noctuidae. It is distributed throughout Europe.


This species has a wingspan of 38–46 mm. The forewings are dark brown, often variegated with paler and reddish patches and usually with prominent whitish postterminal fascia. The hindwings are very distinctive, pale straw-coloured with a broad blackish band at the margin. This moth flies at night in July and August [1] and is attracted to light, sugar and various nectar-rich flowers.

The larva, brown with dark markings on the back, feeds on various grasses such as Dactylis. .[1] This species overwinters as a small larva.

  1. ^ The flight season refers to the British Isles. This may vary in other parts of the range.


  • Chinery, Michael Collins Guide to the Insects of Britain and Western Europe 1986 (Reprinted 1991)
  • Skinner, Bernard Colour Identification Guide to Moths of the British Isles 1984

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