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Heath Rustic
Xestia agathina

(Duponchel, 1827) 2135 / 73.356

Davey, P., 2009: A heathland and moorland specialist occurring in suitable habitat throughout Britain, the larva feeding nocturnally on the young shoots of heather (Calluna vulgaris). In Dorset, the moth is locally common and in some years abundant, notably 1976, 1990 and 1991, on dry, sandy heaths that support good stocks of the foodplant. Dispersal from core heathland habitat, from south-eastern counties or even mainland northern Europe would appear to account for many records from... Read More

Recorded in 22 (55%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1936.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 14-16mm
Flight: August - September
Foodplant:   Heather
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
BAP Status: Declining (Research only)
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
21/10/201919SY98 Wareham
20/10/201919SY98 Wareham
19/10/201929SY98 Wareham
17/10/201919SY98 Wareham
16/10/201919SY98 Wareham

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