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Euxoa cursoria (Hufnagel, 1766) Species

Last modified: Oct. 15, 2022, 3:12 p.m.

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


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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