73.323 (2093) Sand Dart Agrotis ripae (Hübner, [1823])

Status
Resident. Rare.
 
Flight period
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History
J. Garraway informed Gordon (1913) that he had taken one at sugar at the end of the Drumblair Road, Luce Bay (VC74), on 15th July 1905.
 
Although this species did not appear in the 'Moths of Great Britain & Ireland,' Bernard Skinner in mid-August 1987, found the larvae to be not uncommon along the shoreline from Sandhead to Torrs Warren in sand under plants of Atriplex laciniata, thus confirming Garraway's record.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a larva, during August to May, becoming fully grown by October and spinning a cocoon deep in the sand. By the spring it forms a pupa.
 
Larval foodplants
A wide variety of strandline plants.
 
Identification
The sandy coloured forewing with small, dainty markings will help identity.
 
Habitat
The strandline of sandy beaches.
 
Recorders' notes
This species is probably being overlooked.
© Keith Naylor

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