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Common Rustic
Mesapamea secalis
Small Clouded Brindle
Apamea unanimis
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Lesser Common Rustic
Mesapamea didyma

(Esper, 1788) 2343a / 73.170

Davey, P., 2009: This species was separated from the Common Rustic2343 about twenty years ago, and as mentioned above, may only be differentiated with certainty by dissection. This has only been done for two specimens trapped on Portland, and therefore the status of the moth across the county is unknown. The species has a similar life cycle, range and diet to its close relative, and is likely to have an equivalent common and ubiquitous status in the county.

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 11 (28%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1996.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 11-16mm
Flight: July - August
Foodplant:   Grasses
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4
< Common Rustic agg. | Rosy Minor >
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
02/08/2019+9SY98 Wareham
06/07/201929SY49 Bridport
22/07/2018+9SY88 Wool / Lulworth
22/07/2018109ST40 Beaminster
17/07/2018+9SY58 Abbotsbury

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