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Neglected Rustic
Xestia castanea

(Esper, 1798) 2132 / 73.355

Davey, P., 2009: A local species throughout Britain, the larva feeding on heather (Calluna vulgaris), bell heather (Erica cinerea) and cross-leaved heath (Erica tetralix). In Dorset, the moth is restricted to heathland and open pine woods where its foodplants grow. The typical red form has not been found in the county, and all specimens refer to ab. neglecta. The following individuals were trapped well away from heathland suggesting occasional dispersal: Scar Bank, at light... Read More

Recorded in 18 (45%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1935.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 16-18mm
Flight: August - September
Foodplant:   Heathers
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
BAP Status: Declining (Research only)
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
20/09/201919SY88 Wool / Lulworth
16/09/201929SY98 Wareham
15/09/201919SU00 Wimborne
12/09/201919SY98 Wareham
11/09/201959SY98 Wareham

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