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Double Dart
Graphiphora augur

(Fabricius, 1775) 2114 / 73.351

General comments
Extremely local and numerically rare resident. Declining.

Up to the early 1980s, this was a widespread and common moth in our area and one that was expected in almost every garden light trap. During the late 1980s and early 1990s numbers declined drastically and many observers noted it as being freshly absent from site lists. By the end of 2006 it was regarded as extinct in the county (Plant, 2008). Happily, there have been just a few scattered records since then and the species is just about hanging on. In the next few years it will either recover properly or else become quite extinct here.

Recorded in 30 (73%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1828.
Last Recorded in 2022.
Additional Stats

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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
11/07/2022120TL33 - Therfield / Barkway
07/07/2022120TL21 - Welwyn Garden City
15/06/2022120TL43 - Meesden / Barley
16/06/2017120TL43 - Meesden / Barley
16/06/2017120TL43 - Meesden / Barley
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Forewing: 18-21mm.
Flight: One generation June-Aug.
Foodplant:   Sallows, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, birches and other plants
Red List: Near Threatened (NT)
GB Status: Common
BAP Status: Declining (Research only)
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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