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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Aug-Oct.

Forewing: 18-22mm.

Foodplant: Grasses and bushes, Hawthorn for example, while the moorland populations usually feed on Heather spp..

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded195919851959
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records125107464
Number of individuals171177696
Unique positions31674
Unique locations29670
Adult records122107458
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 464 records from 70 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1959.


2231 Deep-brown Dart 02
© Les Hill
2231 Deep-brown Dart 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species restricted to southern and eastern England, the larva feeding on various grasses and deciduous shrubs. In Dorset, the moth is local and confined mainly to the eastern and southern portion of the county where it colonises unimproved grassland, particularly on scrub and bramble-rich sites.

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