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Heart and Dart

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Peter Orchard

A common night flying species from Mid May until the end of July, widespread and frequent in gardens.


  • Agrotis exclamationis: the heart and dart moth

    Post date: Friday, 17 June, 2016 - 20:54

    Top moth in my trap in July is often the heart and dart (Agrotis exclamationis), out scoring the others quite significantly. 

    Not a real 'looker' like may moths, the heart and dart is a bit dull and ordinary and not one you love to see every time you open up the trap in the morning. A quick look at the dark brown patches on the fore-wing is enough to see how it got its name; one is the shape of a heart, the other a dart!

    The heart and dart flies from Mid May until the end of July and is widespread and often common throughout most of the British Isles. Like many moths, it is keen on buddleia, valerian and ragwort and so is very much a garden species.


Common Name Heart and Dart
Scientific Name Agrotis exclamationis
Species Group Moths 516 899 Noctuidae
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Moths 516 899 Noctuidae