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Similar West Midlands Species
Triple-spotted Clay
Xestia ditrapezium
Square-spotted Clay
Xestia stigmatica
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Double Square-spot
Xestia triangulum

(Hufnagel, 1766) 2128 / 73.361

A common resident found across the region.

Found in a wide range of habitats. Frequent in gardens.

Overwinters as a larva. The adults come to light and to sugar but also visit flowers.

Note most resembles Triple-spotted Clay but that species has a narrower wing and has a pinkish tinge. The hindwings of Double Square-spot are darker than in Triple-spotted Clay.

Recorded in 110 (79%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2020.
(Data up to end 2020)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 17-19mm
Flight: June - August
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2020)
Date#VC10k Area
13/09/20201VC37 - WorcestershireSO97
11/09/20201VC40 - ShropshireSJ71
06/09/20201VC39 - StaffordshireSK04
04/09/20202VC40 - ShropshireSJ71
30/08/20202VC36 - HerefordshireSO53

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