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Triple-spotted Clay
Xestia ditrapezium
Square-spotted Clay
Xestia stigmatica
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Double Square-spot
Xestia triangulum

(Hufnagel, 1766) 2128 / 73.361

A common resident found across the region.

Found in a wide range of habitats. Frequent in gardens.

Overwinters as a larva. The adults come to light and to sugar but also visit flowers.

Note most resembles Triple-spotted Clay but that species has a narrower wing and has a pinkish tinge. The hindwings of Double Square-spot are darker than in Triple-spotted Clay.

Recorded in 117 (84%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 17-19mm
Flight: June - August
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
23/09/20222VC36 - HerefordshireSO54
29/08/20221VC40 - ShropshireSO58
26/08/20224VC40 - ShropshireSJ71
23/08/20221VC36 - HerefordshireSO33
23/08/20221VC40 - ShropshireSO48

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