Small Square-spot - Diarsia rubi
Wingspan 28-33 mm. Usually a rich red shade of brown with the small back dot usually very noticeable
Occurring in any suitable habitat but perhaps preferring damp and marshy places.
South of Scotland, it is double-brooded, flying in May and June and again in August and September. In Scotland there is one generation, flying in July and August, when it is difficult to tell apart from the very similar and possibly conspecific, Fen Square-spot (D. florida).
Where there are two broods, the first generation generally produces larger moths. The larval foodplants are a range of herbaceous species.
A common species throughout Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.
Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)
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