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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 (81%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1873.
Last Recorded in 2022.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
25/06/2022127TM29 - Newton Flotman/Hempnall
22/06/2022227TG20 - Norwich
21/06/2022127TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
16/06/2022127TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
15/06/2022127TG23 - N.Walsham/Roughton
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Forewing: 17-19mm.
Flight: One generation June-Aug.
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult

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