Turnip Moth - Agrotis segetum


Although showing many colour forms, this moth usually shows a neat, pale fringe with a narrow inner dark line on the forewing, and has very white hindwings.

Identification difficulty

Gardens, farmland, parkland, oak woodland and sand-dunes.

When to see it

The species is double-brooded, flying in May and June, and again in August and September/October.

Life History

The larvae live underground and feed on the roots of root vegetables, herbaceous plants and other cultivated crops. Their destructive habit of biting off the shoots of small seedlings gave rise to the name 'cutworms'.

UK Status

It is common throughout most of Britain, though scarcer in Scotland.In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

73.319 BF2087
Further Information

Video: The Turnip Moth - Agrotis segetum
Leicestershire moth expert Paul Palmer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7wF5NOxOFE

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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