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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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14 May, 2010

Shuttle Shaped Dart (Agrotis exclamationis)

We have some absolutely stunning moths in this country and some rather dull, boring ones. This one, the Shuttled Shaped Dart is quite definitely on of the dull, boring ones!

It is one of our commonest species, widespread and common across the whole of southern England and so readily found here in Dorset.

These little chaps, they are only half an inch or so long, can be found almost any time from April to October. They have several overlapping broods a year and so they can turn up in a moth trap at almost any time (and frequently do).

The larvae feed on docks, Dandelion, Knotgrass, Lettuce, and many other plants as well which is why they are so common.