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Photo © Patrick Clement,  To light, Halesowen, 6.6.22.

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Ingrailed Clay
Diarsia mendica

(Fabricius, 1775) 2120 / 73.333

A very common species found across the region.

Found in a wide range of habitats including gardens.

Overwinters as a small larva while adults come readily to light.

Note this is a very variable species. It is those that lack the dark patch between the oval mark and the kidney mark that may cause problems.

Recorded in 120 (86%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1869.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 13-17mm
Flight: June - Jul
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
02/09/20221VC39 - StaffordshireSK00
02/09/20222VC40 - ShropshireSO89
30/08/20222VC36 - HerefordshireSO32
29/08/20222VC37 - WorcestershireSO74
28/08/20221VC36 - HerefordshireSO32

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