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Similar to the Coronet but the Oval mark is part of a white band going halfway across the forewing

Similar to the Marbled Coronet but the white band through the Oval mark goes right across the forewing to the trailing edge.

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Coronets, etc

1. Coronet, Marbled Coronet, Varied Coronet, Poplar Grey and Knot Grass - dark noctuids with a light oval mark

Coronet - a very variable species

Kidney mark is dark. A bright ‘coronet’ mark just below it

Often other markings are as bright as the ‘coronet’ mark.

Some forms are so dark that the  ‘coronet’ mark is not obvious

Poplar Grey

Marbled Coronet

Varied Coronet

Knot Grass

1 or 2 white marks on each forewing next to the trailing edge

Often has marks similar to Knot Grass but marks not pure white and usually more than two on each forewing

2. Common Rustic agg. ,Dot Moth, Black Rustic and Deep-brown Dart  Dark noctuids with a light kidney mark

Common Rustic agg.,

There are 3 species- Common Rustic, Lesser Common Rustic and Remm’s Rustic - which it is generally accepted are too variable and too similar to be told apart except by dissection so they are usually referred to jointly as Common Rustic agg.

A mallet-shaped mark behind the head - not always distinct.

Centre of the kidney mark lighter than the rest of the forewing.

Tip and outer edge of the forewing gently rounded.

These moths are very variable but the aggregate group have marks in common which distinguish them from other species.

Black Rustic

Dot Moth

A small orange protrusion usually visible.

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Background of forewing made up of dark purple and green blotches

Forewings quite glossy

Centre of the kidney mark black

White edge below the kidney mark.

Whole kidney mark white.

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Deep-brown Dart  dark specimens of Deep-Brown Dart are similar to Black Rustic , but have broader wings.

Even dark specimens still have some brown on them, particularly on the cross-lines.