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Agrotis exclamationis (Linnaeus, 1758) Species

Last modified: Sept. 16, 2023, 2:57 p.m.

A very common species throughout Belgium.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Noctuinae > Tribus: Agrotini > Genus: Agrotis > Species: Agrotis exclamationis
Vernacular names
Gewone worteluil (NL), Heart and Dart (EN), Le Point d'Exclamation (FR), Ausrufungszeichen (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: 30–40 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


Hibernates as a full-grown larva in an underground cell, in which it pupates.
Sometimes seen during the day visiting flowers.
They come to light and sugar.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in two generations a year from late April till late October.

Observed on

Herbaceous plants and Grasses

The larva lives on a variety of herbaceous plants and on Poaceae. Around 75 food plants are known.

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