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Dark Sword-grass
Agrotis ipsilon (Hufnagel, 1766)
Noctuidae: Noctuinae
2091 / 73.327
Photo © Dave Appleton,  15/05/2015 - Beetley Common

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Forewing: 15-25mm.
Flight: July-Oct (Recorded all months)
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants.
Nat Status: Immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
Norfolk Status
One of Norfolks most regular migrants.
Can occur in any month, mostly between June and October.

Breeding in the UK has never been proven. The larvae feed on various herbaceous plants, but thought unable to over-winter.

Recorded in 66 (89%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1840.
Last Recorded in 2021.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
18/10/2021128TF63 - Snettisham/Dersingham
17/10/2021127TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
14/10/2021128TF74 - Holme/Titchwell
13/10/2021128TF92 - Fakenham/Ryburgh
12/10/2021128TF93 - Fakenham/Walsingham
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