ABH 73.325

Shuttle-Shaped Dart Agrotis puta ABH 73.325

BF 2092

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30 - 32 mm


A Dimorphic species, the males having brownish variegated forewings and white hindwings, the females fairly plain dark brown forewings and buffish hindwings.. Adults are quite variable in colour. Forewings mainly light brown with a dark basal area; stigmata usually darker that the base colour; crosslines very pale or indistinct. Hindwings white with darker veining.

Dark stigmata
White hindwings


Life Cycle

Occupying a range of habitats, there are possibly three generations during the year, with moths on the wing from May to October. Larva feeds on various herbaceous plants, including Dandelion, Knotgrass, and several species of dock.


Found in a variety of habitats including woodland, marshland and cultivated areas. Adults are attracted to light and flowers especially Ragwort Senecio jacobaea and Buddleia Buddleja davidii. The larvae feed from September to March on a variety of plants including dock Rumex spp., Dandelion Taraxacum officinale, and knotgrass Polygonum spp. Overwinters as a larva.







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