Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta
Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta
Adult • Hardenberg, The Netherlands • © Ab H. Baas

73.325 BF2092

Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta

(Hübner, [1803])

Wingspan 30-32 mm.

A sexually dimorphic species, the males having brownish variegated forewings and white hindwings, the females fairly plain dark brown forewings and buffish hindwings. The intricate markings resemble the shape of a shuttle, which gives the species its common name.

Occupying a range of habitats including woodlands, heathlands, gardens, and coastal areas, there are possibly three generations during the year, with moths on the wing from May to October.

It can be found throughout much of the British Isles. The species is particularly common in southern and central parts of the UK but can be encountered in suitable habitats throughout the country.

The larvae feed on various herbaceous plants, grasses, and occasionally on low-growing shrubs.

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