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Photo © Neil Sherman,  Purdis Farm, Ipswich. May 2017. Abberant form.

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Turnip Moth
Agrotis segetum
Heart and Club
Agrotis clavis
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Heart and Dart
Agrotis exclamationis

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2089 / 73.317

Morley's Final Catalogue: Referring also to Turnip moth: 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: A very common and widespread species in the county. Abberant forms with joined spots are occasionally noted in Suffolk.

Life history: Double-brooded. The second brood in late summer is much smaller than the first brood. There have been a few records in late autumn in recent times.

Identification: Heart and Club lacks the black collar and the male has feathered antennae. Turnip moth is slightly larger and also has feathered antennae in the male and the dart mark is less obvious.

Habitat: A wide variety of habitats including gardens.

Recorded in 57 (98%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1940.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
16/09/2023126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
10/09/2023126TM07 - Thelnetham/Redgrave
06/09/2023125TM13 - Brantham/Holbrook
03/09/2023125TM59 - Lowestoft
01/09/2023125TM49 - Somerleyton/Beccles
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Forewing: 15-19mm.
Flight: Two generations May-Aug. Sept.
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
 Immature Adult
Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2024. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024
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