Setaceous Hebrew Character - Xestia c-nigrum

    Description

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

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    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)

    Reference
    73.359 BF2126

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map