Heath Rustic - Xestia agathina


Wingspan 28 to 36 mm. There are a number of colour forms in different parts of the country, including a blackish form, ab. scopariae in northern England.

Identification difficulty

Inhabiting heathland and moorland.

When to see it

The flight time of the adults is September, when they can be attracted to light.

Life History

The larval foodplant is heather.

UK Status

Widespread, but not common, in most of Britain.

VC55 Status

It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

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

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