Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Sep.

Forewing: 15-18mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18801883188318831883
Year last recorded20082010201020082010
Number of records93651351279
Number of individuals46501101707
Unique positions312453447
Unique locations362250437
Adult records7552951117
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 429 records from 158 sites. First recorded in 1880.


73.314 Garden Dart 03
© Ian Marshall, 7 Aug 2015
73.314 Garden Dart 02
© Charles Fletcher, 6 Aug 2010
73.314 Garden Dart 01
© Charlie Streets, 22 Aug 2010

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded at a fairly low density throughout all five vice-counties. Particularly sparse in VC65 and higher areas generally.

Current status. (CHF, 2011): A national decline has been evident for many years, and this has been particularly noticeable in Yorkshire, though we still have some rather local populations. This species is often misidentified. It is of course not common in gardens!

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