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Setaceous Hebrew Character
Xestia c-nigrum
Double Square-spot
Xestia triangulum
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Triple-spotted Clay
Xestia ditrapezium

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 2127 / 73.360
Norfolk status
Local distribution.
Damp open broadleaved woodland, carr woodland and bushy fens. (also parks and gardens)

Very similar to Double Square-spot, determination can be made by resting position, forewing colouration and hindwing colouration.

i. Triple-spotted Clay tends to rest with wings wrapped more tightly together, giving the moth a more slender appearance.
ii. Triple-spotted Clay is a darker moth, usually a purplish-brown colour.
iii. Triple-spotted Clay typically has pale grey or light cream contrasting hindwings,
iv. If uncertain will require gen. det. to confirm.

Hindwing Comparison

[L] Triple-spotted Clay
light cream/grey
[R]Double Square-spot
dark brown/grey

Recorded in 60 (87%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1873.
Last Recorded in 2019.
Additional Stats

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Determination
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
16/07/2019127TG13 - Baconsthorpe
11/07/2019127TG02 - Foxley/Foulsham
09/07/2019128TL79 - Methwold/Foulden
06/07/2019+27TG40 - Reedham/Berney Arms
05/07/2019828TF92 - Fakenham/Ryburgh
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Forewing: 17-19mm.
Season: One generation June-Aug.
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult
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