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Garden Dart
Euxoa nigricans
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Square-spot Rustic
Xestia xanthographa

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 2134 / 73.357

Morley's Final Catalogue: Referring also to Setaceous Hebrew character: Suffolk (Stephens, Illust. ii, 1829, p.136). Par excellence the two most prevalent of all autumn Noctuid moths.

Recent Suffolk Status: Abundant across the county, sometimes appearing in large numbers in traps.

Life history: Single-brooded. Recorded occasionally as early as June. Larvae easy to find in numbers over the winter and early spring at night in many grassy habitats including gardens.

Identification: Extremely variable in colour. The similar Garden dart is a narrower looking moth.

Habitat: A wide variety of grassy habitats including gardens.

Recorded in 56 (97%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1930.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
13/10/2023+25TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
11/10/2023125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
10/10/2023125TM59 - Lowestoft
10/10/2023125TM13 - Brantham/Holbrook
10/10/2023325TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Forewing: 14-17mm.
Flight: One generation July-Oct.
Foodplant:   Grasses and small herbaceous plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
 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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