The Moths of Suffolk
2135 Heath Rustic, Xestia agathina, (Duponchel, 1827)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Localised to heathland areas

Habitats : Heathland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; August to early October

Larval foodplants : Heather

Morley's Final Catalogue : Frequently discovered on heaths, by day at the roots of heather and at dusk flying over it: habitually feigns death in daylight. Foxhall heath and in 1923 at Aldringham (Mly), Waldringfield heath (Wlr), three at Stowmarket (B); Covehithe (Gd), common round Blythburgh (Btn), Lowestoft (L). In the Breck at Brandon (Wrn) and Tuddenham (Wrt).

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-16mm, Wingspan 28-36mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultWhite-line Dart, Euxoa tritici
True Lover's Knot, Lycophotia porphyrea

Compare confusion species
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Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2007) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ex larva swept from Heather - Blar Mor, Inverness-shire (vii.2014) © Neil Sherman