Agrotis (genus)

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Agrotis Ochsenheimer, 1816 - (cutworms)

The genus has about 300 species and includes several serious crop pests. The larvae attack mainly young plants during the night, feeding on leaves or stems and often cut through the stem. They feed on a large variety of field crops including vegetables, legumes, maize and potatoes.

The larvae are dark gray or brown, typically with two spotted yellow stripes along the back. The adult moth is dark grey or brown with markings on the forewings. The hindwings are whitish or grayish, usually darker posteriorly. The wingspan is 3-5 cm.

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: