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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Aug-Oct.

Forewing: 15-16mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants and heathers.

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 recorded195419821954
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records5301381336
Number of individuals15726144372
Unique positions7710174
Unique locations6610152
Adult records5201381316
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 1336 records from 152 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1954.


2117 Autumnal Rustic 03
© Julian Francis
2117 Autumnal Rustic 02
© Jack Oughton
2117 Autumnal Rustic 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species in Britain that is more frequently encountered in northern districts, the larva feeding on various herbaceous plants and grasses, and on the young leaves of trees in spring. In Dorset, the moth ranges from frequent on sandy soils to local in unimproved calcareous grassland habitat along the Purbeck Ridge and along the Purbeck coast. Wanderers are occasionally trapped elsewhere across the county, but otherwise it is seldom seen.

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