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Agrotis ipsilon (Hufnagel, 1766) Species

Last modified: Oct. 15, 2022, 2:53 p.m.

A rather common and regular migrant throughout Belgium.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Noctuinae > Tribus: Agrotini > Genus: Agrotis > Species: Agrotis ipsilon
Vernacular names
Grote worteluil (NL), Dark Sword-grass (EN), La Noctuelle baignée (FR), Ypsiloneule (DE)
Agrotis suffusa (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
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 (as suffusa). view page


A common and regular migrant in Belgium.



Wingspan: 35–50 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


The larva lives on the roots and leaves of different species of herbaceous plants. There are no records known from larvae found in Belgium and the Netherlands.
The adults come to light and sugar.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in two generations a year and have been observed from late April till late November, although most specimens are seen during August-September.

Observed on

Herbaceous plants

The larva lives on different species of herbaceous plants.

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