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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Abundant and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Mid May-Aug.

Forewing: 13-16mm.

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 recorded190519701905
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records31671936720
Number of individuals1000373921484
Unique positions20721456
Unique locations17021382
Adult records30801916542
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 6720 records from 382 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


2387 Mottled Rustic 02
© Julian Francis
2387 Mottled Rustic 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in lowland southern Britain, more coastal in the north, the larva feeding nocturnally on various herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth is ubiquitous and frequent to common with no apparent ecological preference. Potential second brood singletons are occasionally seen following warmer than average summers, the following records refer: West Bexington, 20 September 2003, 25 September 2004 (R Eden), Gillingham, 22 September 2006 (G Hopkins), Arne Wood, at MV on 1 September 1976, 4 September 1976, 21 September 1976 (B Pickess), Whitesheet, at MV on 7 September 1986 (Miss M Brooks).

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