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Dotted Clay
Xestia baja
Square-spot Rustic
Xestia xanthographa
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Neglected Rustic
Xestia castanea

(Esper, 1798) 2132 / 73.355

A fairly common but local resident.

A species of wooded heaths and moors.

Overwinters as a small larva while adults come to light and to sugar.

Note it comes in two colour forms; a greyish-brown and a reddish brown one. The black base to the kidney mark is a constant feature.

Verification Grade Comment: Photo needed away from known sites.

Recorded in 24 (17%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1900.
Last Recorded in 2020.
(Data up to end 2020)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 16-18mm
Flight: August - September
Foodplant:   Heathers
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2020)
Date#VC10k Area
22/09/20202VC39 - StaffordshireSK01
15/09/20201VC39 - StaffordshireSK01
13/09/20201VC39 - StaffordshireSK01
08/09/20201VC39 - StaffordshireSK01
03/09/20201VC39 - StaffordshireSK01

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