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Turnip Moth
Agrotis segetum ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Noctuidae: Noctuinae
2087 / 73.319
Photo © Garry Barlow

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Peridroma saucia
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Agrotis ipsilon
Forewing: 16-21mm
Flight: May - June and August - October
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plant roots. Turnip, Carrot, Beet etc.
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1

A common resident and migrant.

Found in a range of habitats include farmland where the underground larvae can be a pest in some areas.

Overwinters as a larva and adults are attracted to light and sugar.

Note the small, un-filled dagger mark is a good pointer to this species.

Recorded in 99 (71%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1800.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
14/11/2022139SJ82 - Eccleshall/Gnosall
13/11/2022136SO45 - Weobley & Leominster
13/11/2022236SO55 - Bodenham & Pudlestone
12/11/2022139SJ82 - Eccleshall/Gnosall
12/11/2022136SO55 - Bodenham & Pudlestone
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