Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Aug-Sep.

Forewing: 15-19mm.

Foodplant: Grasses.

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 recorded190619731906
Year last recorded201120102011
Number of records4811181198
Number of individuals15993643926
Unique positions9910218
Unique locations859188
Adult records4711181178
Immature records102

For the region, we have a total of 1198 records from 188 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1906.


Hedge Rustic 02
© Gillian Nash, Sept 2021
2177 Hedge Rustic 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in south-east England but sparsely distributed elsewhere, the larva feeding on hard-bladed grasses notably mat-grass (Nardus stricta), tufted hair-grass (Deschampsia cespitosa) and wavy hair-grass (Deschampsia flexuosa). In Dorset, the moth is at low density and more scarce than the Feathered Gothic2178. The current low ebb of the moth contrasts markedly with historical observations of abundance at Bloxworth, Chamberlaynes (twenty-eight at light on 1 September 1935), Lytchett Minster and Poole, all localities on sandy soils. The few seen in recent years have tended to be recorded from damp woodland, grassland on sandy soil and scrub-rich chalky downland; it is seldom encountered in open country, for example there [are] few records from Portland. This suggests that the moth prefers damp-loving hard-bladed grass species, for example rough meadow-grass (Poa trivialis).

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