The Moths of Suffolk
2132 Neglected Rustic, Xestia castanea, (Esper, 1798)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 4)

Habitats : Heathland and moorland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; August to September

Larval foodplants : heathers

Records : Icklingham (S Clancy, 2004)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Among the rarest of our heath moths, apparently. Confined to the wild tracts (1) to the east of Ipswich, where Tim Last used to take a deep-red form (Harwood) about 1880, including Rushmere Heath on which a single specimen occurred at sugared rags on 24 August 1895 (Mly) and (2) the Breck, where Wheeler of Norwich once found it rarely.

Wingspan details : Forewing 16-18mm, Wingspan 36-42mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultCousin German, Protolampra sobrina
Dotted Clay, Xestia baja
Square-spot Rustic, Xestia xanthographa

Compare confusion species
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New Forest (2.ix.2003) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Lynachlaggan Insh Marshes RSPB reserve, Inverness-shire (3.ix.2012) © Neil Sherman
Las Descargues, France. (ix.2006) © Neil Sherman
Nyirad, Hungary (14.ix.2009) © Neil Sherman
 
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Tromiebridge meadows Insh Marshes RSPB reserve, Inverness-shire (5.ix.2012) © Neil Sherman