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Pearly Underwing
Peridroma saucia
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Turnip Moth
Agrotis segetum

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 2087 / 73.319

Morley's Final Catalogue: Referring also to Heart and Dart: Both as common as turnips everywhere, often a pest at light and sugar.- The lands around Barham were much damaged by the larvae of Agrotis segetum devouring the roots, about 1826, and the Rev. W. Kirby told me that several bushels of the larvae were destroyed by Mr. Rodwell (Stephens, Illust. ii, 1829, p. 116).

Recent Suffolk Status: Very common resident and immigrant. Can be recorded in large numbers in moth traps, especially in the autumn.

Life history: Double-brooded. Records from March to December in Suffolk.

Identification: Quite variable in colour, from very pale brown to black.
Heart and Club is smaller and has a blunt dart mark. Pearly underwing lacks an obvious dart mark.

Habitat: A wide variety of habitats including gardens.

Recorded in 56 (97%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1826.
Last Recorded in 2024.
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Determination
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
29/05/2024125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
29/05/2024126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
28/05/2024126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
28/05/2024125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
26/05/2024125TM14 - Ipswich
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Forewing: 16-21mm.
Flight: May-June. Aug-Oct.
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plant roots Turnip, Carrot, Beet etc
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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