The Moths of Suffolk
2087 Turnip Moth, Agrotis segetum, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident and suspected immigrant (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and very common

Habitats : A wide variety, including woodland, heathland, fens, grassland, gardens

Flight Period : Double-brooded; May to early July and mid-July to October, with occasional November records

Larval foodplants : Roots and lower shoots of a variety of herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Both as common (referring also to Heart and Dart) as tumips 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). A. aequa, Och., at Sudbury in 1836 (Ent. Mag. iv, 233).

Wingspan details : Forewing 16-21mm, Wingspan 32-42mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultPearly Underwing, Peridroma saucia

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Ipswich (3.vi.2003) © A Prichard

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Thetford, Norfolk (20.ix.2005) © Lee Gregory
Great Cornard, Suffolk (14.ix.2006) © Stuart Read
Thetford, Norfolk (22.v.2007) © Lee Gregory
 
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Bawdsey, Suffolk (11.viii.2009) © Matthew Deans
Bawdsey, Suffolk (11.viii.2009) © Matthew Deans
Thetford, Norfolk (16.viii.2008) © Lee Gregory
 
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Showing white hindwing - Ipswich, Suffolk (31.viii.2009) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (22.v.2015) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (22.v.2015) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (29.vii.2017) © Paul Kitchener