The Moths of Suffolk
2133 Six-striped Rustic, Xestia sexstrigata, (Haworth, 1809)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Reasonably widespread and common

Habitats : Damper areas in woodland, meadows, marshes, fens also heathland and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; July to September

Larval foodplants : Various herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Doubtless sufficiently general, though scarce around Ipswich. Waldringfield; annually at light at Monks Soham; Barnby Broad, Gorleston, Southtown. No specific record from western Suffolk.

Wingspan details : Forewing 15-17mm, Wingspan 36-38mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultDotted Clay, Xestia baja

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Norfolk (12.viii.2009) © Lee Gregory

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Rendham (viii.2002) © M Deans
Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2004) © N Sherman
Bawdsey, Suffolk (11.viii.2009) © Matthew Deans
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (22.viii.2014) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (13.viii.2015) © Neil Sherman