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Agrotis ipsilon (black cutworm)

Wikipedia Abstract

Agrotis ipsilon, the Dark sword-grass, or black cutworm, is a small noctuid moth found worldwide. The larva is a serious agricultural pest and feeds on nearly all varieties of vegetables and many important grains.
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Wing Span [1]  1.9 inches (.047 m)

Prey / Diet

Amaranthus tricolor (Joseph's-coat)[2]
Amaranthus viridis (slender amaranth)[2]
Asparagus officinalis (garden asparagus)[2]
Benincasa pruriens f. hispida (waxgourd)[2]
Beta maritima (sea beet)[2]
Brassica napus (Rapeseed)[3]
Brassica oleracea (broccoli)[3]
Brassica rapa (Field Mustard)[3]
Chenopodium album (lambsquarters goosefoot)[3]
Chenopodium vulvaria (stinking goosefoot)[3]
Glycine max (soybean)[4]
Gossypium hirsutum (upland cotton)[4]
Lactuca sativa (Lettuce)[4]
Nicotiana tabacum (cultivated tobacco)[4]
Polygonum aviculare subsp. aviculare (prostrate knotweed)[3]
Ricinus fringillae (Castor-Oil Plant)[4]
Solanum aviculare (Kangaroo Apple)[5]
Solanum lycopersicum (Currant Tomato)[4]
Solanum tuberosum subsp. andigena (Irish potato)[4]
Taraxacum campylodes (Dandelion)[3]
Zea mays (corn)[4]


Parasitized by 
Chaetogaedia monticola[4]
Chetogena claripennis[4]
Gonia sequax[4]
Hexamermis heterocephalis <Unverified Name>[6]
Hexamermis taihuensis <Unverified Name>[6]
Lespesia archippivora[4]
Madremyia saundersii[4]
Ovomermis sinensis <Unverified Name>[6]
Steinernema feltiae[6]
Tachinomyia panaetius[4]
Pollinator of 
Apios americana (apios americana)[4]
Apocynum androsaemifolium (flytrap dogbane)[4]
Apocynum cannabinum (prairie dogbane)[4]
Asclepias purpurascens (Purple milkweed)[4]
Asclepias verticillata (eastern whorled milkweed)[4]
Asparagus officinalis (garden asparagus)[4]
Blephilia hirsuta (hairy pagoda-plant)[4]
Dipsacus sylvestris[4]
Discaria nana[4]
Echinacea pallida (Pale Purple Cone-flower)[4]
Heliopsis helianthoides (smooth oxeye)[4]
Hibiscus laevis (halberdleaf rosemallow)[4]
Hydrophyllum appendiculatum (great waterleaf)[4]
Symphyotrichum cordifolium (Heartleaf Aster)[4]
Veronica salicifolia[4]



Attributes / relations provided by
1Agrotis ipsilon (Hufnagel) (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), John L. Capinera, University of Florida, October 2006. Latest revision: November 2012
2HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
3Biological Records Centre Database of Insects and their Food Plants
4Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
5New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Plant-SyNZ™ database
6Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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