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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-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 recorded1905200719701905
Year last recorded2011200820112011
Number of records426521208774
Number of individuals211551054843426
Unique positions333218706
Unique locations245118528
Adult records398621208216
Immature records0000

For the region, we have a total of 8774 records from 528 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


2382 Rustic 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

Similar species: 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (Uncertain).

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species found throughout southern Britain, more local further north, the larva feeding nocturnally on various herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth is ubiquitous and common with a marked preference for unimproved grassland where it is often abundant especially on chalky soils, both inland and on the coast. In addition to the mid-summer peak, a bivoltine cycle is suspected with peaks in early June and mid-September.

The moth is similar to the Uncertain2381. Diagnostics include: a smoother less patterned forewing; more definitely grey brown; stigmata fill colouration similar to general ground colour, but in Uncertain, stigmata often contain a darker colour than ground colour.

Hill, L., 2013: The above diagnostic can be very subjective and may only be appropriate on fresh specimens. If there is any doubt, record as "Uncertain/Rustic agg."

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