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Dark Sword-grass
Agrotis ipsilon

(Hufnagel, 1766) 2091 / 73.327

Davey, P., 2009: A cosmopolitan, multivoltine species and a regular immigrant to Britain, most often seen in the south, the larva feeding nocturnally on or beneath the surface of the ground on herbaceous plants and vegetables. In Dorset, the moth is ubiquitous and has been trapped in every month except January, although numbers vary greatly from year to year depending on the size and northward extent of immigration from north Africa into Europe during the spring months. Spring immigrants have... Read More

Recorded in 41 (103%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1930.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 15-25mm
Flight: July - October mainly but noted in all months
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants
GB Status: Immigrant
Former Status: Immigrant / Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
03/11/201919ST90 Spetisbury
31/10/201919SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown
27/10/201919SY79 Puddletown
20/10/201939SZ07 Swanage
18/10/201919SZ07 Swanage

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