Noctuidae : Noctuinae
ABH BF

Photo © Matthew Casey,  Costessey July 2012

  Immature stages

Similar Norfolk Species
Purple Clay
Diarsia brunnea
Triple-spotted Clay
Xestia ditrapezium
 
Square-spotted Clay
Xestia stigmatica

(Esper, 1790) 73.354/2131
=Xestia rhomboidea
Norfolk status
Widespread but local, the Brecklands of Norfolk and Suffolk being one of its key national strongholds.
Broadleaved woodland on chalk, gravel or clay, hedgerows, heathland, scrub.
One little known way of finding this species is to search for the adult at the flowers of burdock after dark.
Larvae feed on a variety of plants.

Recorded in 44 (64%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1873.
Last Recorded in 2014.

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Determination
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
09/09/2014127TG32 - Stalham/Catfield
06/09/2014128TF92 - Fakenham/Ryburgh
02/09/2014227TG11 - Drayton/Swannington
01/09/2014127TG04 - Blakeney/Cley
September 2014+27TG14 - Sheringham
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Forewing: 17-20mm.
Season: One generation July-Aug.
Foodplant:   Common Nettle, Dog's Mercury and Oxlip
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
 Immature Adult
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