Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, May-Jul, Aug-Sep.

Forewing: 13-15mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded190519731905
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records670041514230
Number of individuals30817150564644
Unique positions25226556
Unique locations20321448
Adult records593441412696
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 14230 records from 448 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


2384 Vine's Rustic 03 in cop
© Julian Francis
2384 Vine's Rustic 03 larva
© Jack Oughton
2384 Vine's Rustic 02
© Les Hill
2384 Vine's Rustic 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species confined to south-east England with scattered records elsewhere in England and Wales, the polyphagous larva feeding on a wide range of herbaceous plants. This species was considered to be solely an immigrant in the early part of the last century. From 1940 to the present time the moth has colonised much of south-east England, with numbers declining in cooler summers and increasing in warmer summers. In Dorset, the moth is widespread and frequent with a marked preference for unimproved grassland where it is often abundant. It is double-brooded, but immigrants undoubtedly augment resident populations from time to time, and these may include third generation individuals during the autumn months. The peak of the second brood is more than twice that of the first.

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