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Photo © Allan Eaton,  Kessingland, Suffolk 28.5.18

Similar Suffolk Species
Coast Dart
Euxoa cursoria
Archer's Dart
Agrotis vestigialis
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Sand Dart
Agrotis ripae

(Hübner, 1823) 2093 / 73.323

Morley's Final Catalogue: Confined to our coast-line in Suffolk; Barrett's expectation of discovering this species in the Breck appears unfulfilled nor is Salsola Kali, on which the larvae feed at Leiston, recorded thence. A good speries taken during 1901-2, abundant during 1903, at Felixstow (Gibbs); Southwold (Bkr), Covehithe (Mly), Lowestoft (Crf, L); Gorleston (Mr, Wiltshire), and not rare just north of the Yare.

Recent Suffolk Status: Very local colonies in suitable sandy beach habitat along the coast. Evidence of decline at some, possibly due to erosion, but increasing at other sites e.g. Landguard, Felixstowe where sand deposition is occurring.

Life history: Single-brooded. Emerging in May and flying into August in Suffolk.

Identification: Coast dart is very similar but normally emerges much later in the year and has narrower wings with a more obvious kidney mark. Archer's dart has a very obvious large dart mark.

Habitat: Sandy beaches.

Recorded in 10 (17%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1920.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
17/07/2023125TM57 - Southwold
09/07/2023125TM57 - Southwold
08/07/2023125TM57 - Southwold
25/06/2023225TM58 - Carlton Colville/Kessingland
23/06/2023125TM59 - Lowestoft
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Forewing: 14-18mm.
Flight: One generation June-July.
Foodplant:   Many strandline plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Nationally Scarce
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult
Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2024. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024
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