Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.

Forewing: M 16-18mm. F 14-16mm.

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 recorded195519861955
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records1014912210
Number of individuals21541524612
Unique positions18413394
Unique locations14112306
Adult records967892112
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 2210 records from 306 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.


2302 Brown Rustic 03
© Julian Francis, 21 May 2020
2302 Brown Rustic 02
© Julian Francis
2302 Brown Rustic 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species occurring throughout Britain, the polyphagous larva feeding nocturnally on various herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth ranges from locally common in deciduous woodland, to rare in tree-less habitat; it seems to have no geological preference.

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