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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Aug-Sep.

Forewing: 16-18mm.

Foodplant: Heathers

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 recorded193519821935
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records39530850
Number of individuals14595063930
Unique positions546120
Unique locations485106
Adult records39330846
Immature records102

For the region, we have a total of 850 records from 106 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1935.


2132 Neglected Rustic 04
© Julian Francis
2132 Neglected Rustic 03
© Les Hill
2132 Neglected Rustic 02
© Martin Cade, 9 Sep 2010
2132 Neglected Rustic 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species throughout Britain, the larva feeding on heather (Calluna vulgaris), bell heather (Erica cinerea) and cross-leaved heath (Erica tetralix). In Dorset, the moth is restricted to heathland and open pine woods where its foodplants grow. The typical red form has not been found in the county, and all specimens refer to ab. neglecta. The following individuals were trapped well away from heathland suggesting occasional dispersal: Scar Bank, at light on 26 August 1949, at sugar on 27 August 1949 (A Russell), St Albans Head, at MV on 20 September 1992 (P Davey), Durlston, three at MV light on 17 September 1982 (Dr J Clarke), and on 2 September 1991 (P Davey).

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