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Triple-spotted Clay
Xestia ditrapezium
Square-spotted Clay
Xestia stigmatica
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Double Square-spot
Xestia triangulum

(Hufnagel, 1766) 2128 / 73.361

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on various herbaceous plants before hibernation and the young foliage of shrubs and trees the following spring. In Dorset, the moth is frequent, locally common, in deciduous woodland throughout the county, but rare or absent in open country. The national norm is for a single brood in June and July, but in Dorset the primary brood is centred on July. Examples of moths in mid-May suggest an occasional partial first brood. Moths... Read More

Recorded in 39 (98%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1940.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 17-19mm
Flight: June - August
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
07/09/201929ST61 Sherborne
27/08/201949SZ09 Poole
24/08/201949SZ09 Poole
03/08/201919SZ09 Poole
29/07/2019+9SY88 Wool / Lulworth

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