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Sand Dart
Agrotis ripae

(Hübner, 1823) 2093 / 73.323

Davey, P., 2009: A very local species restricted to the seaward side of coastal sandhills in England, Wales and eastern Scotland, the larva feeding nocturnally on sandhill plants, especially prickly saltwort (Salsola kali), sea rocket (Cakile maritima) and orache (Atriplex spp.), and hiding in the sand by day. In Dorset, the moth is frequent extremely locally on sand dune systems on the south-east coast. It was formerly abundant on Studland, and colonies were evidently... Read More

Recorded in 5 (13%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1886.
Last Recorded in 2016.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

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
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
19/07/201619SY39 Lyme Regis
16/07/201519SZ08 Studland / Sandbanks
13/07/201519SZ08 Studland / Sandbanks
12/06/201519SZ08 Studland / Sandbanks
21/07/201419SY66 Portland Bill

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