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Photo © Patrick Clement,  Devils Spittleful NR, Worcestershire. August 28th, 2013.

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Neglected Rustic
Xestia castanea

(Esper, 1798) 2132 / 73.355

A fairly common but local resident.

A species of wooded heaths and moors.

Overwinters as a small larva while adults come to light and to sugar.

Note it comes in two colour forms; a greyish-brown and a reddish brown one. The black base to the kidney mark is a constant feature.

Verification Grade Comment: Photo needed away from known sites.

Recorded in 27 (19%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1900.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 16-18mm
Flight: August - September
Foodplant:   Heathers
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
BAP Status: Declining (Research only)
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
01/09/20221VC37 - WorcestershireSO77
08/10/20211VC40 - ShropshireSJ60
08/09/20211VC39 - StaffordshireSJ82
07/09/20216VC39 - StaffordshireSK05
07/09/20216VC39 - StaffordshireSK05

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