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Agrotis segetum (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: Sept. 16, 2023, 2:59 p.m.

A common species throughout Belgium, especially in the northern part.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Noctuinae > Tribus: Agrotini > Genus: Agrotis > Species: Agrotis segetum
Vernacular names
Gewone velduil (NL), Turnip Moth (EN), La Noctuelle des Moissons (FR), Saateule (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: 27–40 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


The larva lives under the ground at the roots of several species of herbaceous plants.
It Hibernates as a larva and pupates in an earthen cocoon underground.
The adults come to light and sugar.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in two generations a year from late April till the end of June and from August till early November.

Observed on

Herbaceous plants

The larva lives on several species of herbaceous plants.

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