Noctuidae: Noctuinae

2081 (ABH73.313) White-line Dart Euxoa tritici (=crypta), (Linnaeus, 1761)

KR10279

Ramsey, 2011
Ramsey, 2011
 Photo © Martin Lovell
Ramsey, 2011
 Photo © Martin Lovell
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
East Chevington, Northumberland 11-08-15
East Chevington, Northumberland 11-08-15
 Photo © Ian Fisher
Long Nanny, Northumberland, 19-07-14
Long Nanny, Northumberland, 19-07-14
 Photo © Ian Fisher
Long Nanny, Northumberland, 23-07-15
Long Nanny, Northumberland, 23-07-15
 Photo © Ian Fisher


General Information

This species is extremely variable in colour and can be difficult to tell apart from similar species, including the Square-spot Dart E.obelisca and the Coast Dart E.cursoria.

 

Pupates in loose soil.

Overwinters as Overwinters as an egg.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.
Flies during the day

Forewing length: 13-17mm.
Foodplant(s): bedstraws (Galium spp.), Corn Spurrey (Spergula arvensis), mouse-ears (Cerastium spp.), herbaceous plants
Flying: One generation, mid July-early September
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Habitat

Coastal habitats and heathland.

Regional Information

Recorded in 17 (6.3%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in July 2017

Recorded date range (Adult): 07 July to 17 August

Similar Species
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Garden Dart Euxoa nigricans
Coast Dart Euxoa cursoria
Carmarthenshire
Carmarthenshire
 Photo © Martin Lovell
Heath Rustic Xestia agathina


Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Wrinkled
Colours:
Grey, brown, white
No. of Proleg Pairs:
5