Agrotis boetica Boisduval, 1837


Agrotis boetica: Male (e.l. rearing S-Spain, Andalusia, Cabo de Gata, larva in late March 2015) [S] Agrotis boetica: Male (e.l. rearing S-Spain, Andalusia, Cabo de Gata, larva in late March 2015) [S] Agrotis boetica: Male (e.l. rearing S-Spain, Andalusia, Cabo de Gata, larva in late March 2015) [S] Agrotis boetica: Female (e.l. rearing S-Spain, Andalusia, Cabo de Gata, larva in late March 2015) [S] Agrotis boetica: Larva (S-Spain, E-Andalusia, Cabo de Gata, Ende März 2015) [M] Agrotis boetica: Larva (S-Spain, E-Andalusia, Cabo de Gata, Ende März 2015) [M] Agrotis boetica: Larva (S-Spain, E-Andalusia, Cabo de Gata, Ende März 2015) [M] Agrotis boetica: Larva (S-Spain, E-Andalusia, Cabo de Gata, Ende März 2015) [M] Agrotis boetica: Larva (S-Spain, E-Andalusia, Cabo de Gata, Ende März 2015) [S] Agrotis boetica: Larva (S-Spain, E-Andalusia, Cabo de Gata, Ende März 2015) [M] Agrotis boetica: Larva (S-Spain, E-Andalusia, Cabo de Gata, Ende März 2015) [M] Agrotis boetica: Larva (S-Spain, E-Andalusia, Cabo de Gata, Ende März 2015) [M] Agrotis boetica: Larva (S-Spain, E-Andalusia, Cabo de Gata, Ende März 2015) [M] Agrotis boetica: Larva (S-Spain, E-Andalusia, Cabo de Gata, Ende März 2015) [M] Agrotis boetica: Larva (S-Spain, E-Andalusia, Cabo de Gata, Ende März 2015) [M] Agrotis boetica: Male pupa (e.l. rearing S-Spain, Andalusia, Cabo de Gata, larva in late March 2015) [S] Agrotis boetica: Male pupa (e.l. rearing S-Spain, Andalusia, Cabo de Gata, larva in late March 2015) [S] Agrotis boetica: Male pupa (e.l. rearing S-Spain, Andalusia, Cabo de Gata, larva in late March 2015) [S] Agrotis boetica: Larval habitat (S-Spain, E-Andalusia, Cabo de Gata, Ende März 2015) [N] Agrotis boetica: Larval habitat (S-Spain, E-Andalusia, Cabo de Gata, Ende März 2015) [N] Agrotis boetica: Larval habitat in the center of the photo (S-Spain, E-Andalusia, Cabo de Gata, Ende März 2015) [N]

Host plants:
The larvae live polyphagously on dune plants. In east Andalusia I recorded them always under a species of Fabaceae.

Habitat:
Agrotis boetica inhabits sandy places, especially coastal dunes.

Life cycle:
I recorded the half-grown to mature larvae superficially buried in the sand in E-Andalusia (Cabo de gata) in late March 2015. They develop during winter and spring. Mature larvae estivate. Thus moths occur not until autumn.

Endangerment factors:
Agrotis boetica is severely endangered due to destroyment of dunes because of urbanization and mass tourism.

Remarks:
Agrotis boetica occurs in N-Africa, the Canaries and the southern part of the Iberian peninsula.



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