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National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and very local coastal resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jul-Aug.

Forewing: 17-21mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants, Purple Saxifrage, Yellow Saxifrage.

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 recorded18891889
Year last recorded20112011
Number of records3672
Number of individuals58116
Unique positions2040
Unique locations1836
Adult records3570
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 72 records from 36 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1889.


2104 Northern Rustic 02
© Dave Foot
2104 Northern Rustic 01
© Martin Cade, 23 Jun 2009

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local montaine and rocky coast species restricted to northern and western districts of Britain plus a few localities along the south coast of England, the larva feeding on various grasses and herbaceous plants including harebell (Campanula rotundifolia), saxifrage (Saxifraga spp.) and stonecrop (Sedum spp.). In Dorset, the moth is confined to the Purbeck coast and Portland where it is rarely recorded. It has a protracted flight period, and may be seen at any time between mid-June and early-September. Its habit of dashing wildly about on sunny days in the middle of the afternoon seems not to have been observed in the county. It is fond of visiting valerian flowers at night.

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