Agrotis ipsilon (Hufnagel, 1766)
Description: Wingspan 40-55mm. Forewings pale straw to dark brown; Stigmata well-defined with a small dark-coloured dart pointing towards the outer margin; there are also two smaller darts located near the outer margin that face inwards. Hindwings white with brown veining.
Key Identification Features:
Flight Period: April to November.
Status: Recorded from all counties and Rathlin Island, Antrim; most recent records from Armagh and Down.
Ecology: An immigrant that appears fairly frequently in most years and is probably an established short-term resident. Adults are usually seen in the autumn months at light. The larvae are polyphagous and are seldom seen since they feed at night.
World Distribution: Its range throughout Europe is not fully known, but it has been recorded as far north as Norway and Iceland.
Bradley & Fletcher number: 2091 Agassiz number: 73.327
UK Moths account
|Thompson, R. S. & Nelson, B., 2003 (Oct 2). [In] The Butterflies and Moths of Northern Ireland |
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