Abagrotis benjamini

933663.10 — 11024.1 — Abagrotis benjamini Franclemont, 1955

Larval Host(s)

Presumed main host
on Block Island:

Known hosts:
Prunus maritima

Prunus maritima


This species has been reared from beach plum (Prunus maritima) and is strongly associated with coastal habitats on Block Island.


  • Species Page at Moth Photographers Group
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Goldstein, P.Z. & M.W. Nelson, 2017. Two psammophilic noctuids newly associated with beach plum, Prunus maritima (Rosaceae): The Dune Noctuid (Sympistis riparia) and Coastal Heathland Cutworm (Abagrotis benjamini) in Northeastern North America (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae). Zookeys, 661: 61-89.
  • Mikkola, K., J.D. Lafontaine & J. Gill, 2009. Noctuoidea, Noctuidae (part). The Moths of America north of Mexico, Fascicle 26.9: 1-191, order or free PDF
  • Schmidt, B.C., J.D. Lafontaine & J.T. Troubridge, 2018. Additions and corrections to the check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico IV. ZooKeys, 788: 241-252.
  • Species Page at BugGuide