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Northern dart moth fact file

Northern dart moth description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderLepidoptera
FamilyNoctuidae
GenusXestia Northern dart moth biology

Although adults have been seen flying during the day, they normally fly very late at night Northern dart moth range

The subspecies alpina occurs in parts of Scotland, the north of England and north-western Ireland Northern dart moth habitat

Inhabits the higher slopes Northern dart moth status

Classified as Nationally Scarce in Great Britain Northern dart moth threats

Already limited to the tops of mountains in northern Britain, this species will have nowhere else to go if global warming affects its habitat Northern dart moth conservation

A number of the sites sinvertebrates_freshwater

The UK Biodiversity Action Plan for this species is available at UK BAP.
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Further reading on moths:
Leverton, R. (2001) Enjoying Moths. Poyser, London.
Skinner, B. (1984) Colour identification guide to moths of the British Isles. Viking, London.

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Information authenticated by Roy Leverton.

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References

  1. National Biodiversity Network Species Dictionary (September 2002) http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nbn/
  2. Skinner, B. (1984) Colour identification guide to moths of the British Isles. Viking, London.
  3. Carter, D. J. & Hargreaves, B. (1986) Field guide to the caterpillars of butterflies and moths in Britain and Europe. William Collins Sons & Co, London.
  4. UK BAP Species Action Plan (September 2002): http://www.ukbap.org.uk
  5. Personal observation from ARKive images.
  6. Leverton, R. (2001) Enjoying Moths. Poyser, London
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Male Northern Dart  
Male Northern Dart

© Roy Leverton

Roy Leverton
Whitewells
Ordiquhill
Cornhill
Banffshire
AB45 2HS
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 1466 751 252

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