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Sand Dart
Agrotis ripae (Hübner, 1823)
Noctuidae: Noctuinae
2093 / 73.323
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Euxoa cursoria
Archer's Dart
Agrotis vestigialis
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
Status
Nationally Scarce, restricted to sandy beaches.

Well recorded in Norfolk, and fairly consistent, with around 500 per year recorded at coastal sites over the last two decades.

More dainty marks and general sandy colouring than other 'Darts'.

Recorded in 17 (23%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1873.
Last Recorded in 2024.

Latest 10 Records
Date#VC10kArea
19/06/2024127TG42Eccles
10/06/2024127TG42Eccles
23/08/2023128TF64Holme
15/07/2023128TF64Hunstanton
11/07/2023227TG42Eccles
11/07/2023128TF74Titchwell
11/07/2023128TF74Titchwell NNR
10/07/2023227TG42Eccles
10/07/2023127TG42Eccles
09/07/2023128TF74Holme NNR
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