Species Details

Agrotis vetusta

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Common NameOld Man Dart; Muted Dart (ssp. mutata); Spotted-legged Cutworm SeasonalityAugust - September; rarely as early as June (?). IdentificationA medium-size (3.5 - 4.2 cm. ws) light powdery grey or grey-brown moth. The FW markings include a dark orbicular and reniform (often only the lower half), and a series of black dots marking the PM and terminal lines. HW and abdomen white. Antennae simple. Sexes similar. Easily mistaken for the smaller Euxoa catenula, and possibly other Euxoa sp. such as tronella and comosa, all of which have a very different type of male genitalia.

Scientific Name Agrotis vetusta Common Name Old Man Dart; Muted Dart (ssp. mutata); Spotted-legged Cutworm Habitat It frequents more xeric habitats, in particular sandy areas. Open areas, especially areas with light or sandy soils. Seasonality August - September; rarely as early as June (?). Identification
A medium-size (3.5 - 4.2 cm. ws) light powdery grey or grey-brown moth. The FW markings include a dark orbicular and reniform (often only the lower half), and a series of black dots marking the PM and terminal lines.…
A medium-size (3.5 - 4.2 cm. ws) light powdery grey or grey-brown moth. The FW markings include a dark orbicular and reniform (often only the lower half), and a series of black dots marking the PM and terminal lines. HW and abdomen white. Antennae simple. Sexes similar. Easily mistaken for the smaller Euxoa catenula, and possibly other Euxoa sp. such as tronella and comosa, all of which have a very different type of male genitalia.
Diet Info Many low plants, including apple, grapes beans, corn, cotton, lettuce, peach, tobacco, tomato, turnip and watermelon. A climbing cutworm. Range NS west across southern Canada to south-central BC; north to YT and south to GA and CA. It occurs throughout Alberta, from the arid grasslands north throughout the boreal forest. Notes
A fairly common moth in the more arid parts of the region; further north it occurs locally in areas of light and sandy soils. The specimen illustrated above is better marked than most individuals seen. Forbes states…
A fairly common moth in the more arid parts of the region; further north it occurs locally in areas of light and sandy soils. The specimen illustrated above is better marked than most individuals seen. Forbes states populations occurring west from MB into BC are ssp. mutata, a paler plain form, while sand-colored populations from the Great Basin area are ssp. catenuloides. Bowman treated most AB material as ssp. catenuloides, while Jones treated most BC material as ssp. mutata; both ssp. are listed for both provinces. Bowman stated adults occur as early as June, but I have seen no specimens dated earlier than August.

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"Species Details - Agrotis vetusta, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-6322. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Noctuoidea Family Noctuidae Subfamily Noctuinae Genus Agrotis Species Agrotis vetusta
This hierarchy is created from our museum records, it may not always accurately reflect modern taxonomies.

Taxonomic Hierarchy for University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum