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Stout Dart
Spaelotis ravida

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 2113 / 73.349

Norfolk status
Rare. Possibly locally extinct.
Meadows and damp marshes.

This species is notorious for capricious appearance and disappearance; it enjoyed a boost in numbers in the 1970s when it was so plentiful in neighbouring Lincolnshire that dozens could be found in outhouses as they fluttered at the windows at dusk, indeed more were to be found that way then ever came to the trap.
Moths continued to be noted in the Breck until the mid 1980s.
G. Haggett.

Verification Grade Comment: Possibly locally extinct

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 23 (31%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1873.
Last Recorded in 2007.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10kGeneral Area
August 1996+28TF74Titchwell
July 1996127TG21Horstead / Coltishall
20/07/1995+28TF92Great Ryburgh
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Forewing: 18-22mm.
Flight: One generation June-Sept.
Foodplant:   Dandelion, sow-thistles and docks
Red List: Critically Endangered (CR)
GB Status: Nationally Rare
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4
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