Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Agrotis NOCTUIDAE

Of the five moths below that we are supposed to be likely to find in this area, I have only ever been able to reasonably identify two,  Agrotis porphyricollis and Agrotis munda.
A. porphyricollis is fairly distinctive where A. munda and some of  the others are very similar, especially where the moths are not in the best condition. A. porphyricollis is only an occasional visitor here where A. munda is a regular pretty much all year round.

 Agrotis porphyricollis NOCTUINAE NOCTUIDAE








 Family:- NOCTUIDAE
Sub Family:- NOCTUINAE
Genus:- Agrotis
Species:- porphyricollis





 This one is in poor condition but is in its usual at rest position.











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 Agrotis munda NOCTUINAE NOCTUIDAE


The larval food plants of A. munda are many of our cereal and fodder crops where they can be a serious pest:-  Barley, cotton, lucerne, tobacco, tomato, maize and various vegetables.





Family:- NOCTUIDAE
Sub Family:- NOCTUINAE
Genus:- Agrotis
Species:- munda




















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