Six-striped Rustic - Xestia sexstrigata


Wingspan 36-38 mm. Characterised by the dark veins, fine, dark cross lines and the pale dark lined oval.

Identification difficulty

Mainly damp woodlands and marshy habitats.

When to see it

The single generation flies in July and August, when the adults are attracted to both sugar and light.

Life History

The larvae feed on a range of herbaceous plants.

UK Status

Fairly commonly distributed over the greater part of 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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