New York Natural Heritage Program
Violet Dart
Euxoa violaris (Grote and Robinson, 1868)
Insects

Identifying Characteristics [-]
The violet dart is a purplish-gray moth. The forewings are purplish gray with a wide, reddish postmedial stripe. The antemedial and postmedial lines are even, stand out, and have a dark edge. The orbicular spot is pale brown. The reniform spot is a light-colored loop with a grayish-brown center. The hind wings are a light yellowish color with grayish-brown shading toward the outer edges. The wingspan is 35-40 mm (Covell 1984). Larvae are hardy and smooth (Wagner et al. 2008).

Best Life Stage for Proper Identification [-]
The adult is the best life stage for identification.

Behavior [-]
The life history of the violet dart is poorly known. The species has one brood each year. Larvae (caterpillars) tunnel underground during the day. Pupation occurs in a chamber underground (Wagner et al. 2008).

Diet [-]
The larval foodplants are unknown, but it is thought that the larvae feed on grasses or herbs (NatureServe 2010).
Violet Dart Images
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The Best Time to See
The best time to see the violet dart is during its flight season. In New York State, it has been captured flying from late September until mid-October.
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Present Reproducing
The time of year you would expect to find Violet Dart present (blue shading) and reproducing (orange shading) in New York.