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Hedge Rustic
Tholera cespitis

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 2177 / 73.252

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in south-east England but sparsely distributed elsewhere, the larva feeding on hard-bladed grasses notably mat-grass (Nardus stricta), tufted hair-grass (Deschampsia cespitosa) and wavy hair-grass (Deschampsia flexuosa). In Dorset, the moth is at low density and more scarce than the Feathered Gothic2178. The current low ebb of the moth contrasts markedly with historical observations of abundance at Bloxworth, Chamberlaynes (twenty-eight at light on 1... Read More

Recorded in 33 (83%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1906.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 15-19mm
Flight: August - September
Foodplant:   Grasses
Red List: Vulnerable (VU)
GB Status: Common
BAP Status: Declining (Research only)
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
21/09/201919ST60 Cerne Abbas
12/09/201919SY79 Puddletown
10/09/201919SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown
07/09/201919SZ07 Swanage
04/09/201919ST60 Cerne Abbas

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