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Moths - Heart and Dart (Agrotis exclamationis)

The main distinctive identifying feature of the Heart and Dart is the black band across the front of the thorax, when viewed head-on.

Two generations - Mid May to late August with a smal second generation is September (usually only in the south of the UK). The Heart and Dart is a common species throughout the UK.

Wingspan 30-40mm

Comes to light - may occur in large numbers during peak emergence in light traps.

Larval Food Plants
A wide range of wild and cultivated herbaceous plants.

Habitat Requirements
Occurs in all habitats except at high altitude. Common in suburban gardens.

Warwickshire Status

Where to see the Heart and Dart in Warwickshire

Heart and DartHeart and Dart © Steven Cheshire

Other Species

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