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2087 ~ Turnip Moth ~ Agrotis segetum
UK Status

Resident and migrant. Common

Montgomeryshire Status

A fairly uncommon species, probably a bit overlooked when recorded with other species of dart.

Wingspan :  M & F, 32-42mm.

Confusion species

Heart and Club, Heart and Dart, Crescent Dart, Pearly Underwing and Great Dart.

Flight time (Montgomeryshire)


Most habitats.


The roots and shoots of a wide range of herbaceous plants.

Lifestage data

Overwinters as a larva. Larva late July-April and occasionally June-August. The larva feed almost entirely underground and are known as 'cutworms'. Pupates underground.
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Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MDH, 24th Aug 2008, Llanfyllin

Photo by PRW, 15th Nov 2015, Commins Coch