Noctuidae : Xyleninae
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Photo © Jack Oughton,  Male, gen det. Portesham July 2022

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Common Rustic
Mesapamea secalis

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2343 / 73.169

Davey, P., 2009: An abundant species over much of Britain, the larva feeding on the inner parts of various grass species including cock's-foot (Dactylis glomerata), tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea), tufted hair-grass (Deschampsia cespitosa) and cereal crops. In Dorset, this highly variable moth is common to abundant everywhere and seems to have no ecological preference. The national norm is a single brood in July and August. In Dorset moths have been seen as early as the end of May and as late... Read More

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 16 (40%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1979.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 12-16mm
Flight: July - August
Foodplant:   Grasses
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
06/07/201919SY49 Bridport
09/08/201819SZ09 Poole
03/08/201819SY99 Lytchett Matravers
22/07/201829SY99 Lytchett Matravers
22/07/201889SY99 Lytchett Matravers

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