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Square-spot Rustic
Xestia xanthographa

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 2134 / 73.357
Photo © Dave Williamson, 17 Aug 2011,  Kirk Smeaton, VC63

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Yorkshire Status: Abundant and widespread resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely distributed and often common in all five vice-counties. This is a grassland species. The larvae feed in May on various grasses, especially cocksfoot (PQW).

2012 (CHF): One of our commonest moths in August and early September. Widespread across the county particularly in grassy areas, sometimes in large numbers eg 505 in grassland at Studley Roger on 8.8.2003. Numbers are stable. A very variable species with a lot of different forms.

Recorded in 170 (85%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1847.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 14-17mm
Flight: July - October
Foodplant:   Grasses and small herbaceous plants
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
23/10/2023162NZ61 - Guisborough
23/10/2023461TA07 - Hunmanby
22/10/2023163SK49 - Rotherham
18/10/2023165SE37 - Ripon
18/10/2023164SE55 - York (N/W)
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