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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, Aug-Oct.

Forewing: 14-21mm.

Foodplant: Low growing plants, Broad-leaved Dock, Ribwort Plantain etc.

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 records29952056400
Number of individuals761038015980
Unique positions18421410
Unique locations15717348
Adult records27252045858
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 6400 records from 348 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


2361 Rosy Rustic 03
© Gillian Nash, September 2015
2361 Rosy Rustic 02
© Jack Oughton
2361 Rosy Rustic 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A common species throughout Britain, the larva feeding on the roots and inner stems of a wide variety of herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth is widespread and common, although at low density in open heathland. It is on the wing for a relatively protracted period between late July and mid October.

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