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Agrotis segetum ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Turnip Moth
73.3190 (B&F: 2087)

»Suborder: Glossata
 »Superfamily: Noctuoidea
  »Family: Noctuidae
   »Subfamily: Noctuinae
    »Tribe: Noctuini

Status and ecology:

A resident species which is sometimes reinforced by immigration. Often fairly common to common along the coast, but it is usually a little less frequent inland. Patchily distributed but widespread and high numbers are local. Double-brooded, flying mainly from late May to late July and again from late August to late October. Adults are generally most numerous between mid June and late July but they can also been commonplace during late August when a migration arrives. Adults have been seen during every week from the second week of March to mid December, the extreme dates probably being made by continental immigrants. Larval foodplants are the roots of turnips and swedes and some other garden and farm crops. (Pratt, 2011)

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Pagham Harbour, vii 2006 Photo: Ivan Lang

Agrotis segetum ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)


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