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Sand Dart
Agrotis ripae

(Hübner, 1823) 2093 / 73.323
Photo © Damian Money,  Spurn, VC61

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Yorkshire Status: Fairly common and very local resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This species is restricted to coastal sand hills in Britain, so it is not surprising that it is found at Spurn (VC61). Recent records suggest it is still flourishing at this site.

2012 (CHF): Numbers have dropped a little at its only Yorkshire site at Spurn, but we still get over 100 records in a year.

Argus 75, 2015: Three caught at Marske Beach were the first in the county away from Spurn where there were healthier numbers this year.

VC61. Spurn area, 111 records of 460 moths 21.5 to 10.8.2015 (BRS, MFS, JCr).

VC62. Marske beach, 1.7.2015 (DM). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Recorded in 4 (2%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1874.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 14-18mm.
Flight: One generation June-July.
Foodplant:   Many strandline plants.
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Nationally Scarce
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
04/08/2023161TA41 - Kilnsea / Spurn Head
13/07/2023261TA41 - Kilnsea / Spurn Head
09/07/2023261TA41 - Kilnsea / Spurn Head
09/07/2023461TA41 - Kilnsea / Spurn Head
08/07/2023161TA41 - Kilnsea / Spurn Head
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