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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, Apr-Oct.

Forewing: 12-16mm.

Foodplant: Docks, Dandelion other Herbaceous plants.

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 recorded190519701905
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records704077915638
Number of individuals23271373854018
Unique positions33138738
Unique locations25033566
Adult records630577714164
Immature records102

For the region, we have a total of 15638 records from 566 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


2092 Shuttle-shaped Dart 05 female
© Julian Francis
2092 Shuttle-shaped Dart 04
© Julian Francis
2092 Shuttle-shaped Dart 03 female
© Jack Oughton
2092 Shuttle-shaped Dart 02
© Dave Foot
2092 Shuttle-shaped Dart 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in southern Britain, but absent from northern districts, the larva feeding on herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth is ubiquitous and common, occasionally abundant, and, historically: "sometimes, in the Poole district, the larvae are a rather serious pest, as they bite off the young growth of vegetables just below the surface of the ground." (W Parkinson-Curtis manuscript). The moth is double-brooded in the county with the peak of the second brood, on average, twice as large as the peak of the first. The many records of adults at light traps in October and into November suggest a partial third brood in most years, a situation mirrored abroad. Years of abundance coincide with warm summers, the highest annual total of 3500 recorded from Furzebrook in 1976.

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