The Moths of Suffolk
2088 Heart and Club, Agrotis clavis, (Hufnagel, 1766)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common on lighter soils

Habitats : A variety of habitats on light soils; heathland, coastal areas, grassland, woodlands, scrub and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late May to August

Larval foodplants : Various herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Generally distributed, and by no means uncommon at light. Noted at Copdock, infrequent at Ipswich and Waldringfield, Monks Soham occasionally most years, Aldeburgh, Fritton, Gorleston; Bury; Brandon.

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-18mm, Wingspan 35-40mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultTurnip Moth, Agrotis segetum
Heart and Dart, Agrotis exclamationis
Crescent Dart, Agrotis trux
Great Dart, Agrotis crassa

Compare confusion species
    Adult

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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New Forest (25.vi.2000) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (13.vii.2009) © A Prichard
Melanic specimen - Ipswich, Suffolk (28.vi.2010) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (20.vi.2012) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (1.vii.2015) © Paul Kitchener
Light coloured specimen with reduced markings - Ipswich, Suffolk (26.vi.2015) © Neil Sherman