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Dotted Clay
Xestia baja

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 2130 / 73.353

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 during the following spring. In Dorset, the moth occurs at low density in deciduous woodland within the birch/heather terrain on sandy soils, but it is rare or absent away from sandy soils. A potential second brood example follows: Hengistbury Head, at MV light on 25 October 2000 (M Jeffes).

Recorded in 15 (38%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1955.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 17-21mm
Flight: July - 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
02/09/201919SY99 Lytchett Matravers
14/08/201919SU00 Wimborne
02/08/201919SU00 Wimborne
18/07/201719SY88 Wool / Lulworth
16/07/201729SY88 Wool / Lulworth

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