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Heath Rustic
Xestia agathina

(Duponchel, 1827) 2135 / 73.356
Photo © Damian Money,  Jugger Howe,VC62

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Yorkshire Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Described as widespread on moorland and heathland by (Skinner, 1984), this species seems to have a rather odd distribution in Yorkshire. Although we have many records from vice-counties 62 and 64, there are only two from VC65 and none from the Sheffield moors (VC63) since Porritt (1883-86). Feeding in the wild on heather, Skinner suggests that the larvae of this species are easier to rear on a mixture of heather and sallow. A.M.R. Heron reports that they will also accept blackthorn and wild plum.

2012 (CHF): Widespread in heathery areas in fairly small numbers. It ought to be commoner in VC65 as suggested above. Scarcer on our lowland heaths and occasionally wandering to other lowland sites.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 100 (50%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1880.
Last Recorded in 2022.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 14-16mm
Flight: August - September
Foodplant:   Heather
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
BAP Status: Declining Species (BAP R)
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
14/09/2022262SE66 - Strensall
05/09/2022162NZ70 - Glaisdale
03/09/2022163SK69 - New Rossington / Austerfield
03/09/2022163SE51 - Askern
03/09/2022162SE65 - York (E)
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