Setaceous Hebrew Character - Xestia c-nigrum


Wingspan 35-42 mm. A distinctive species which should not be difficult to identify.

Identification difficulty

Gardens, woodland, heathland and marshes.

When to see it

In the southern half of its range, there are two broods, flying in small numbers in May and June, but far more commonly in August and September. In the north there is just one generation, flying in July and August. The population is sometimes reinforced by immigration in the autumn.

Life History

The larvae feed on a variety of herbaceous plants, but especially Nettle.

UK Status

Widely distributed throughout Britain, sometimes commonly. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

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

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map