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Immature stages

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Diarsia brunnea
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Square-spotted Clay
Xestia stigmatica

(Esper, 1790) 2131 / 73.354
=Xestia rhomboidea

Norfolk status
Widespread and locally common, fairly consistently recorded in recent years. The Brecklands of Norfolk and Suffolk being one of its key national strongholds.
Broadleaved woodland on chalk, gravel or clay, hedgerows, heathland, scrub.

Adult moths can be seen at the flowers of Burdock after dark.
Larvae feed on a variety of plants.

Recorded in 52 (70%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1873.
Last Recorded in 2024.
Additional Stats

< Dotted Clay | Neglected Rustic >

Determination
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10kGeneral Area
15/07/2024127TG10Cringleford (UEA)
14/09/2023127TG13Hempstead
10/09/2023127TG10Cringleford (UEA)
06/09/2023127TG10Wymondham
06/09/2023128TF92North Elmham
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Forewing: 17-20mm.
Flight: One generation July-Aug.
Foodplant:   Common Nettle, Dog's Mercury and Oxlip
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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