Heart & Dart - Agrotis exclamationis

Alternative names
Heart and Dart

Wingspan 30-40 mm. One distinctive feature of this species is that it always has a black band across the front of the thorax, when viewed head-on.

Identification difficulty

All types of habitat.

When to see it

Flies from May to July, when it is readily attracted to light.

Life History

Various wild and garden plants make up the foodplants of the larvae.

UK Status

It is a common often abundant species throughout most of Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

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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