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73.325 (BF2092)

Shuttle-shaped Dart   

Agrotis puta
Adult: 2
Resident. Rare.


Fairy distinctive with the ‘shuttle’ mark on the forewing.

Recording Method.

Attracted to light, also comes to sugar and flowers.

Life cycle

Probably one generation. Overwinters as a larva during August to April.

Larval foodplants

Larvae are rarely found and the foodplant is unknown.


Open sites like woodland, gardens, grassland, heathland and farmland.


Lennon (1863) had recorded it as occurring at Kirkconnell Moss (VC73).

Of the Rothamsted records, one was caught at the Newton Stewart station mid-July 1977, while the other was caught the following year at the Gatehouse of Fleet station about 10th June.

Waring et al. (2003) mention a Kirkcudbrightshire (VC73) record in 1998 which refers to the Abbey Burn Foot record that was found by Colin Plant on 20th June. No further records.

39 record(s) from 10 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 1977 2020 2022

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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