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Agrotis exclamationis (Linnaeus, 1758)

A very common species throughout Belgium.

The larva lives on a variety of herbaceous plants and on Poaceae. Around 75 food plants are known. Hibernates as a full-grown larva in an underground cell, in which it pupates.

The adults fly in two generations a year: from late April till the end of August, occasionally later. Sometimes seen during the day visiting flowers.They come to light and sugar.

Belgium, Namur, Wavreille, 19 May 2007.
(Photo © Chris Steeman)
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