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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Sep-Oct.

Forewing: 17-21mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous and woody 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 recorded190519751905
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records29373096492
Number of individuals15003146332932
Unique positions20221446
Unique locations16018356
Adult records26333075880
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 6492 records from 356 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


2232 Black Rustic 04
© Julian Francis
2232 Black Rustic 03
© Gillian Nash
2232 Black Rustic 02
© Les Hill
2232 Black Rustic 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

Similar species: 2231 Deep-brown Dart.

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, but scarce in central and eastern England, the larva feeding on various grasses and herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth is widespread and frequent rising to abundant locally on unimproved grassland on chalky soils and on heathland where heather (Calluna vulgaris) and heath (Erica spp.) are likely foodplants.

This moth may be confused with the Deep-brown Dart2231. Diagnostics include: the presence of a whitish or golden-edged reniform stigmata on the forewing; a long forewing; a blackish ground colour rather than brown.


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