FAUNA and FUNGHI of MALTA
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Agrotis segetum  (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
Main synonym = Agrotis segetis    Hubner, 1823
Taxonomical Classification:  Animalia / Arthropoda / Insecta / Lepidoptera / Noctuidae
Turnip Moth     Maltese name not known
Further Information:
This is a common moth in Europe forming part of the family Noctuidae. It is also found in Asia and Africa. Its wingspan is about 37mm and the colour of the wings vary greatly from beige to dark brown. The grey larva, called cutworms sometimes tinged with purple, feeds on the roots and lower stems of a range of plants namely Acacia, Allium (leeks) and Apium (celery) and can be a serious pest of root vegetables and cereals.




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