Agrotis obesa (Boisduval, 1829)


Agrotis obesa: Male (e.l. rearing S-Spain, Sierra Nevada, 2600m asl, larva in late March 2015) [S] Agrotis obesa: Male (e.l. rearing S-Spain, Sierra Nevada, 2600m asl, larva in late March 2015) [S] Agrotis obesa: Female (e.l. rearing S-Spain, Sierra Nevada, 2600m asl, larva in late March 2015) [S] Agrotis obesa: Female (e.l. rearing S-Spain, Sierra Nevada, 2600m asl, larva in late March 2015) [S] Agrotis obesa: Female (e.l. rearing S-Spain, Sierra Nevada, 2600m asl, larva in late March 2015) [S] Agrotis obesa: Female (e.l. rearing S-Spain, Sierra Nevada, 2600m asl, larva in late March 2015) [S] Agrotis obesa: Female (e.l. rearing S-Spain, Sierra Nevada, 2600m asl, larva in late March 2015) [S] Agrotis obesa: Half-grown larva (S-Spain, Sierra Nevada, 2600m asl, larva in late March 2015) [M] Agrotis obesa: Half-grown larva (S-Spain, Sierra Nevada, 2600m asl, larva in late March 2015) [S] Agrotis obesa: Larva (e.l. rearing S-Spain, Sierra Nevada, 2600m asl, larva in late March 2015) [S] Agrotis obesa: Larva (e.l. rearing S-Spain, Sierra Nevada, 2600m asl, larva in late March 2015) [S] Agrotis obesa: Larva (e.l. rearing S-Spain, Sierra Nevada, 2600m asl, larva in late March 2015) [S] Agrotis obesa: Larva (e.l. rearing S-Spain, Sierra Nevada, 2600m asl, larva in late March 2015) [S] Agrotis obesa: Larva (e.l. rearing S-Spain, Sierra Nevada, 2600m asl, larva in late March 2015) [S] Agrotis obesa: Pupa (e.l. rearing S-Spain, Sierra Nevada, 2600m asl, larva in late March 2015) [S] Agrotis obesa: Habitat (S-Spain, Sierra Nevada, 2600m asl, larva in late March 2015) [N] Agrotis obesa: Habitat (S-Spain, Sierra Nevada, 2600m asl, larva in late March 2015) [N] Agrotis obesa: Habitat (S-Spain, Sierra Nevada, 2600m asl, larva in late March 2015) [N]

Host plants:
The larvae feed very polyphagously on the often only scarce grasses and herbs of their habitats.

Habitat:
Agrotis obesa inhabits cliffs or rocky slopes up to high Alpine levels. I recorded larvae under stones together with those of Standfussiana lucernea in 2600m asl in S-Spanish Sierra Nevada in late March 2015.

Life cycle:
The young larva hibernates and is mature in April or May. It estivates prior to pupation so that moths will appear not until late summer and autumn.

Remarks:
Th species occurs in N-Africa, S-Europe and W-Asia.



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