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Autographa gamma (Linnaeus, 1758)

A very common, and regular migrant occurring all over Belgium. Numbers can fluctuate considerably from year to year.

The larva lives on a wide variety of herbaceous plants including Rubus, Galium, Trifolium and Urtica. Also on cultivated crops like tomato, garden pea, cabbage and runner bean. During mild winters, the species is able to hibernate as a fully grown larva or as a pupa.

The adults have been observed from early spring till late autumn in several generations a year. They are active during the day and also at night when they come to light.


Belgium, Namur, Belvaux, 13 August 2006.
(Photo © Chris Steeman)
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