73.322 (2085) Archer's Dart Agrotis vestigialis (Hufnagel, 1766)

Status
Resident. Rare.
 
Flight period
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History
Lennon (1863) stated that it was not common, but that it had occurred at Lochaber (VC73). Gordon (1913) found it common on ragwort at Glenluce golf course where he took a series on 26th and 27th July 1905. Neither of these records are included in MOGBI.
 
Next were two records in the 1970s in Wigtownshire (BRC data) followed by records from Sandhead (VC74) in August, 1987 by Bernard Skinner. During July and August 1996 it was trapped at Mersehead RSPB Reserve, followed by records from Torrs Warren (VC74) the following year.
During the 21st century another two were recorded from Torrs Warren in early September 2011, with another two caught at Barlocco (VC73) on 29th August 2014.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a larva which feeds throughout except when very cold. Pupates underground in June.
 
Larval foodplants
Larvae feed on bedstraws, stitchworts and Sea Sandwort.
 
Identification
Compare with other 'darts.'
 
Habitat
Mostly recorded on the coast, especially sandy areas.
 
Recorders' notes
Specimen or quality photo required for record acceptance.
© Richard Mearns, Torrs Warren, 3 September 2011

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