Square-spot Rustic - Xestia xanthographa
Wingspan 32-35 mm. A drab brown moth that gets its name from the square spot on each wing.
Found in woodland edges, waste ground and suburban habitats.
A frequent visitor to the light-trap, it flies in August and September.
The nocturnal caterpillars feed during the winter, mainly on grasses, but also on other low-growing plants.
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.
Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)
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