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

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map