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Purple Clay
Diarsia brunnea
Triple-spotted Clay
Xestia ditrapezium
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Square-spotted Clay
Xestia stigmatica

(Esper, 1790) 2131 / 73.354
=Xestia rhomboidea

Davey, P., 2009: A woodland species mainly restricted to southern Britain where it has undergone a dramatic decline in recent years, the larval foodplant is unknown but is assumed to be various herbaceous plants before hibernation and the young foliage of shrubs and trees the following spring. The moth is fond of nectaring on the flowers of burdock and ragwort. In Dorset, the moth has suffered a similar fate to that of the Triple-spotted Clay2127, and is probably long extinct. The few moths... Read More

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Recorded in 1 (3%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1947.
Last Recorded in 1947.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 17-20mm
Flight: July - August
Foodplant:   Common Nettle, Dog's Mercury
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
04/08/194719SY79 Puddletown

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