Noctuidae : Xyleninae
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Common Rustic
Mesapamea secalis

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2343 / 73.169

An extremely common resident. It's true distribution is not known for certain because of the similarity to Lesser Common Rustic and the need to dissect them. This map shows dissected individuals.

Found in a wide range of grassy habitats.

Overwinters as a larva and comes to light, sometimes in large numbers.

Note Genitalia examination essential.

Verification Grade Comment: Genitalia examination required.

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 87 (62%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1898.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 12-16mm
Flight: July - August
Foodplant:   Grasses
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
11/09/20224VC40 - ShropshireSJ61
11/09/20224VC40 - ShropshireSJ61
02/09/202211VC40 - ShropshireSO89
02/09/20224VC40 - ShropshireSJ71
31/08/20224VC40 - ShropshireSJ61

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