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Agrotis ipsilon (Hufnagel, 1766)
Noctuidae: Noctuinae
2091 / 73.327
Photo © Damian Money,  Skelton in Cleveland VC62 8th May 2021

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Forewing: 15-25mm
Flight: July - October mainly but noted in all months
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants
Red List:
GB Status: Immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2

Yorkshire Status: Common and fairly widespread migrant/wanderer.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This annual immigrant distributes itself widely but quite thinly over all five vice-counties. Perhaps not surprisingly, it is most frequent near the coast.

2012 (CHF): One of our commoner migrant moths which turns up all over the county but most commonly in VC61. The biggest numbers were in 2006 when we had 400 records.

Recorded in 137 (69%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1846.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
10/11/2023261TA17 - Bempton
08/11/2023261TA17 - Bempton
06/11/2023161TA17 - Bempton
04/11/2023161TA17 - Bempton
03/11/2023164SE44 - Wetherby / Tadcaster
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