Noctuidae: Noctuinae

2083 (ABH73.311) Coast Dart Euxoa cursoria, (Hufnagel, 1766)



General Information

This species has very variable colours ranging from straw and white to grey and brown, generally with a sandy tint.


Pupates deep in sand.

Overwinters as Overwinters as an egg.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.
Often found at rest during day

Forewing length: 14-18mm.
Foodplant(s): Sea Sandwort (Honckenya peploides), violets (Viola spp.), Early Hair-grass (Aira praecox), Sand Couch (Elytrigia juncea), Hound's-tongue (Cynoglossum officinale), Sticky Mouse-ear (Cerastium glomeratum), Sea Spurge (Euphorbia paralias)
Flying: One generation, late July-August
UK Presence: Resident, Possible Immigrant
National status: Nationally Scarce B


Coastal sand dunes.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Huntingdonshire.

Similar Species
Ramsey, 2011
Ramsey, 2011
 Photo © Martin Lovell
White-line Dart Euxoa tritici (=crypta)
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Garden Dart Euxoa nigricans
near Llanbedr, Harlech, N Wales. 2th Sept. 2013
near Llanbedr, Harlech, N Wales. 2th Sept. 2013
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Archer's Dart Agrotis vestigialis
Hauxley RS, Northumberland
Hauxley RS, Northumberland
 Photo © Ian Fisher
Sand Dart Agrotis ripae

Nationally Scarce B

Larva Type:
Grey, brown, orange, black
No. of Proleg Pairs: