The Moths of Suffolk
2231 Deep-brown Dart, Aporophyla lutulenta, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Localised to areas with lighter soils

Habitats : Grassland, heathland and coastal areas on chalky or lighter soils

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-September to October

Larval foodplants : Various woody and herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Discovered, new to Suffolk, by Col. Hawley on sugar at Staverton Thicks in Butley during September 1932.

Wingspan details : Forewing 15-18mm, Wingspan 38-44mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultFeathered Brindle, Aporophyla australis
Northern Deep-brown Dart, Aporophyla lueneburgensis

Compare confusion species
    Adult

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Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2004) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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ssp. lutulenta larval diapause larval diapause larval diapause larva larva larvapupa pupa pupa imago ovalarvaimago larval diapause larval diapause

Further Photographs

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Found at night by torchlight on acid grassland - Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2004) © N Sherman
Rendham (x.2002) © M Deans
Bawdsey, Suffolk (22.ix.2009) © Matthew Deans
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (19.ix.2011) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (19.ix.2011) © Neil Sherman
Comparison with Black rustic - Ipswich, Suffolk (5.x.2013) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (3.x.2014) © Neil Sherman
Found on Heather (Calluna vulgaris) - Ramparts Field, Icklingham, Suffolk (30.v.2015) © Neil Sherman
Found on Heather (Calluna vulgaris) - Ramparts Field, Icklingham, Suffolk (30.v.2015) © Neil Sherman