Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Abundant and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Aug-Sep.

Forewing: 14-18mm.

Foodplant: Grasses.

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 recorded190519701905
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records41722768896
Number of individuals33787194071454
Unique positions21222468
Unique locations17921400
Adult records37952758140
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 8896 records from 400 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


2353 Flounced Rustic 04
© Julian Francis
2353 Flounced Rustic 03
© Gillian Nash, August 2016
2353 Flounced Rustic 02
© Tom Morris
2353 Flounced Rustic 01
© Phyl England 11 Sep 2012

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A common grassland species in England and Wales, more local in Scotland, the larva feeding on the lower stems and roots of grasses. In Dorset, the moth is ubiquitous and common to abundant especially on unimproved grassland. "As a list of localities would be a county gazetteer, I will confine myself to expressing the opinion that there is no place, where the larva can find food, that the insect does not occur. It is immensely abundant, and my two friends, H Andrewes and A Russell have offered me the insect by the thousand, or the lb., whenever I liked to take them out of their light traps." (W Parkinson Curtis ms).

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