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Dotted Clay
Xestia baja ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Noctuidae: Noctuinae
2130 / 73.353
Photo © Peter Hall,  Lochinver, Sutherland, September 2021

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Six-striped Rustic
Xestia sexstrigata
Forewing: 17-21mm
Flight: July - August
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2

A fairly common but declining species.

A species of woodland and heathland but also damp grassland and wetlands. Visits gardens too.

Overwinters as a small larva while adults visit light and sugar as well as flowers.

Recorded in 90 (64%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1869.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
06/09/2022139SK11 - Alrewas/Kings Bromley
03/09/2022136SO55 - Bodenham & Pudlestone
18/08/2022340SJ61 - Wellington/The Weald Moors
14/08/2022139SJ95 - Rudyard/Tittesworth
13/08/2022340SO39 - Stiperstones/Norbury
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