Deep-brown Dart - Aporophyla lutulenta


Wingspan 36 to 44 mm. A very dull brown moth sometimes with rather inconspicuous markings, but with very white underwings.

Identification difficulty

Various habitats.

When to see it

The adults are on the wing between August and October, and come to light.

Life History

The larvae feed on grasses and bushes such as Hawthorn.

UK Status

There is currently some debate about whether this species and the Northern Deep-brown Dart are in fact separate species, and whether both occur in the British Isles. In the past, the current species was thought to occur south. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map