Square-spot Rustic - Xestia xanthographa


Wingspan 32-35 mm. A drab brown moth that gets its name from the square spot on each wing.

Identification difficulty

Found in woodland edges, waste ground and suburban habitats.

When to see it

A frequent visitor to the light-trap, it flies in August and September.

Life History

The nocturnal caterpillars feed during the winter, mainly on grasses, but also on other low-growing plants.

UK Status

A very common species in Britain. 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