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Agrotis cinerea (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: Oct. 15, 2022, 2:41 p.m.

A very rare and local species in the southern part of Belgium. It has not been seen for quite some time.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Noctuinae > Tribus: Agrotini > Genus: Agrotis > Species: Agrotis cinerea
Vernacular names
Grijze worteluil (NL), Light Feathered Rustic (EN), La Noctuelle Cendrée (FR), Aschgraue Erdeule (DE)
First mention in Belgium
De Sélys-Longchamps E. 1844. Énumération des insectes Lépidoptères de la Belgique. — Mémoires de la Société royale des Sciences de Liége 2: 1–35. On page 11. view page




Wingspan: 32–40 mm.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation a year: from late April till early August.
Males comes readily to light, female much less so, but comes to sugar.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Herbaceous plants

The larva lives on several species of herbaceous plants like: Taraxacum, Rumex or Thymus praecox.
It hibernates as a fully grown larva and it pupates underground in spring.

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