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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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17 June, 2016

Agrotis exclamationis: the heart and dart moth

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Top moth in my trap in July is often the heart and dart (Agrotis exclamationis), out scoring the others quite significantly. 
Not a real 'looker' like may moths, the heart and dart is a bit dull and ordinary and not one you love to see every time you open up the trap in the morning. A quick look at the dark brown patches on the fore-wing is enough to see how it got its name; one is the shape of a heart, the other a dart!
The heart and dart flies from Mid May until the end of July and is widespread and often common throughout most of the British Isles. Like many moths, it is keen on buddleia, valerian and ragwort and so is very much a garden species.
Agrotis exclamationis: the heart and dart moth