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73.351 (BF2114)

Double Dart   

Graphiphora augur
Adult: 1
Resident. Common.



Recording Method.

Attracted to light, also comes to sugar and flowers.

Life Cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a small larva during August to May, close to the ground, feeding by night and hiding by day in leaf litter. Pupation taking place just below the ground surface.

Larval foodplants

Blackthorn and Hawthorn scrub, Sallows, birches and occasionally Broad-leaved Dock.


A wide variety of habitats including hedgerows, parkland, marshes, gardens and broadleaved woodland.


Lennon (1863) stated that it was common around the Dumfries area. Douglas Robinson (1870-71) had found it common in June on Almorness (VC73). Gordon (1913) found it to be generally distributed and common sometimes at sugar in the woods around Corsemalzie, Wigtownshire, during June.

Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Closeburn and Tynron (VC72). Archibald Russell (1944) listed it as occurring near Gatehouse of Fleet (VC73) during the years 1942-43.

Pelham-Clinton found it at Glenluce (VC74) in the late 1950s. But from 1974-82 Rothamsted data is sparse with one record from Newton Stewart, three each from Gatehouse of Fleet and Bridge of Dee, but Waterside Mains at Keir producing 28 records. One other RIS record occurred at Mabie Forest in 1989.

From 1995 to 2005 there were about fifty records from Durisdeer, with another twenty records from Dumfriesshire and Kirkcudbrightshire.

206 record(s) from 37 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2014 2022 2021

 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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