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Turnip Moth
Agrotis segetum ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Noctuidae: Noctuinae
2087 / 73.319
Photo © Neil Sherman,  Purdis Farm, Ipswich. May 2015.

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Pearly Underwing
Peridroma saucia
Heart and Club
Agrotis clavis
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
Status
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.
Additional Stats

Latest 10 Records
Date#VC10kArea
02/07/2024125TM25Wickham Market/Otley
01/07/2024426TL78Brandon/Lakenheath
01/07/2024125TM25Wickham Market/Otley
29/06/2024126TL78Brandon/Lakenheath
29/06/2024125TM59Lowestoft
29/06/2024125TM25Wickham Market/Otley
29/06/2024125TM46Minsmere/Leiston
28/06/2024125TM25Wickham Market/Otley
28/06/2024125TM13Brantham/Holbrook
27/06/2024125TM25Wickham Market/Otley
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