Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis


Family Noctuidae » Subfamily Noctuinae » Agrotis exclamationis (Linnaeus, 1758) 73.317 (BF2089)
Forewing length 15-19 mm. This moth has distinctive heart and dart shaped markings on its forewings. There are some variations, but a constant narrow black band across the collar of the thorax identifies this species when compared to the Heart & Club (Agrotis clavis) which is similar. The larva feeds on various herbaceous plants. The adult flies in two generations, May to August, and in September further south. Readily attracted to light, sometimes in great numbers. Also feeds at sugar and flowers. Found almost anywhere. Common and widespread, and one of the most abundant larger moths in Britain.


Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis
Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis
Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis

Caught in moth trap, back garden, South Staffordshire. Photos © Peter Hillman.