Agrotis ipsilon - Lot Moths and Butterflies - species in Las Descargues, the Lot, France
drawing of a moth



Las Descargues, 10 November 2010
Agrotis ipsilon Adult


© Robin Howard

Agrotis ipsilon (Hufnagel, 1766)

Dark Sword-grass
La Noctuelle baignée

Wingspan: 40-55mm

A plurivoltine species on the wing from February to December. Visits light throughout the year and has been recorded from all habitats and sites.

Larva is polyphagous on herbaceous plants but as a nocturnal feeder it is rarely encountered in the wild. Pupa are reddish-brown, pupation takes place underground in a flimsy cocoon.