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Euxoa cursoria (Hufnagel, 1766) Species

Last modified: May 7, 2024, 1:28 p.m.

In Belgium a very rare species in the coastal region and along the river Schelde. Nowadays only known from the coast.

This species is considered Endangered according to the IUCN Red List category for Flanders 2023.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Noctuinae > Tribus: Agrotini > Genus: Euxoa > Subgenus: Euxoa > Species: Euxoa cursoria
Vernacular names
Variabele worteluil (NL), Coast Dart (EN), La Noctuelle mêlée (FR), Veränderliche Dünenerdeule (DE)
First mention in Belgium
De Sélys-Longchamps E. 1857a. Catalogue des Insectes Lépidoptères de la Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 1: 1–111. On page 84.




Wingspan 32–36 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


Hibernates as a small larva and pupates in a cocoon deep underground.
The adults come to light and sugar.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from July till early September.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Honckenya peploides, Elymus farctus and Asparagus officinalis
Host plant (genera):
Rumex, Atriplex, Lathyrus and Aira
Herbaceous plants and Grasses

The larva lives on a variety of herbaceous plants growing on sandy soil, mainly on Rumex or Atriplex, but also on: Lathyrus, Aira, Asparagus officinalis, or Honckenya.

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