Northern deep-brown dart

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Northern deep-brown dart
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae
Genus: Aporophyla
Species: A. lueneburgensis
Binomial name
Aporophyla lueneburgensis
(Freyer, 1848)

The northern deep-brown dart (Aporophyla lueneburgensis) is a moth of the family Noctuidae. It is found in northern and western Europe.

As the common name suggests, this species usually has very dark brown forewings, although paler grey forms exist. There is always a much darker central band, almost black in the darker forms. By contrast the hindwings are much paler, often almost pure white but usually with darker venation. The wingspan is 36–41 mm. It flies at night in August and September [1] and is attracted to light and sugar as well as various flowers.

The larva usually feeds on heather but has been recorded on other low plants such as bird's-foot trefoil.[1] This species overwinters as a small larva.


Aporophyla lueneburgensis may be a subspecies of Aporophyla lutulenta.

  1. ^ The flight season refers to the British Isles. This may vary in other parts of the range.


  • Chinery, Michael Collins Guide to the Insects of Britain and Western Europe 1986 (Reprinted 1991)
  • Skinner, Bernard Colour Identification Guide to Moths of the British Isles 1984

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