Agrotis segetum - Lot Moths and Butterflies - species in Las Descargues, the Lot, France
drawing of a moth



Las Descargues, 11 September 2015
Agrotis segetum Adult


© Robin Howard

Agrotis segetum ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Turnip Moth
La Moissonneuse

Wingspan: 32-42mm

A bivoltine, highly variable species flying from March to November. A regular visitor to light and sugar it has been recorded from various habitats and has been taken at all sites. A species of open woodland, unmanaged grassland, gardens, verges etc.

Larvae are polyphagous on the roots and lower shoots of herbaceous plants. Overwinters as a larva with pupation taking place underground.