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Agrotis ripae (Hübner, 1823) Species

Last modified: Oct. 15, 2022, 3 p.m.

A rare and local species in Belgium, mainly observed along the coast and along the river Schelde in AN.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Noctuinae > Tribus: Agrotini > Genus: Agrotis > Species: Agrotis ripae
Vernacular names
Duinworteluil (NL), Sand Dart (EN), La Noctuelle du littoral (FR), Strand-Erdeule (DE)
First mention in Belgium
Breyer A. 1871a. Assemblée mensuelle du 5 août 1871. — Annales de la Société Entomologique de Belgique 14: xlvii. On page xlvii.




Wingspan: 32–42 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


The larva is active at night and hides into the sand during the day.
Hibernates as a full-grown larva in a cocoon deep in the sand, where pupation takes place in spring.
The adults are active from dusk onwards and later come to light and sugar.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from mid May till August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Salsola kali, Cakile maritima, Suaeda maritima and Atriplex portulacoides
Saline plants

The larva lives on a variety of saline plants like: Cakile maritima, Atriplex portulacoides, Suaeda maritima, Salsola kali etc...

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