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Dotted Clay
Xestia baja

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 2130 / 73.353
Photo © Alan Draper,  SE361509Spofforth, VC64

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Yorkshire Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded from most habitat types in all five vice-counties. However it is fairly thinly distributed except near moorland and heathy localities where it may be frequent or common. The lowland VC61 specimens are stated to have a much brighter reddish-brown ground colour than the moorland specimens of VC62 which are more greyish-brown (PQW pers. comm.).

2012 (CHF): Common and widespread across the county, particularly in upland areas where larger numbers are trapped eg 84 at Thruscross on 30.7.2010. Numbers are stable.

Recorded in 167 (84%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1847.
Last Recorded in 2022.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 17-21mm
Flight: July - August
Foodplant:   Herbaceous and woody plants
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
07/09/2022164SE06 - Grassington / Hebden
05/09/2022162NZ70 - Glaisdale
30/08/2022164SE14 - Ilkley / Menston / B in W
29/08/2022164SE54 - York (S/W)
26/08/2022163SE22 - Dewsbury
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