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Agrotis bigramma (Esper, 1790) Species

Last modified: Oct. 15, 2022, 2:37 p.m.

A very rare xerothermic species in some parts of Belgium, not observed since a long time.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Noctuinae > Tribus: Agrotini > Genus: Agrotis > Species: Agrotis bigramma
Vernacular names
Gepijlde worteluil (NL), Great Dart (EN), La Noctuelle trapu (FR), Breitflügelige Erdeule (DE)
Agrotis crassa (Hübner, 1803)
First mention in Belgium
Lambillion L.-J. 1921a. Lépidoptères capturés par Mr l’avocat Bray, à Virton et dans les environs immédiats, pendant ces trois dernières années. — Revue mensuelle de la Société entomologique namuroise 21: 6. On page 6.




Wingspan: 37–48 mm.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


The larva lives on the roots and leaves of different species of herbaceous plants and grasses.
It Hibernates as a larva in an underground cell, in which it pupates.
The adults come to light and sugar.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation a year: from early July till mid September.

Observed on

Grasses and Herbaceous plants

The larva lives on different species of herbaceous plants and grasses.

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