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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Aug-Sep.

Forewing: 14-16mm.

Foodplant: Heather.

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 recorded193619821936
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records506721156
Number of individuals31721766696
Unique positions8114190
Unique locations6711156
Adult records502701144
Immature records024

For the region, we have a total of 1156 records from 156 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1936.


2135 Heath Rustic 03
© Julian Francis
2135 Heath Rustic 02
© Phyl England
2135 Heath Rustic 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A heathland and moorland specialist occurring in suitable habitat throughout Britain, the larva feeding nocturnally on the young shoots of heather (Calluna vulgaris). In Dorset, the moth is locally common and in some years abundant, notably 1976, 1990 and 1991, on dry, sandy heaths that support good stocks of the foodplant. Dispersal from core heathland habitat, from south-eastern counties or even mainland northern Europe would appear to account for many records from non-heathland localities, as their occurrence seems to coincide with east to north-easterly airflows.

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