Double Square-spot - Xestia triangulum


Wingspan 36-46 mm. Distinctively marked species with unusually square markings on the wings.

Identification difficulty

Frequenting mainly wooded habitats.

When to see it

The single generation flies in June and July and visits light and sugar, as well as certain flowers.

Life History

The polyphagous caterpillars hibernate when quite small and feed in spring on various trees and shrubs.

UK Status

Occurs fairly commonly throughout the British Isles. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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