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Heath Rustic
Xestia agathina

(Duponchel, 1827) 2135 / 73.356

Norfolk status
Local on Norfolk heathland, recorded in small numbers annually, circa 10 records. 2021 was an exceptional year for the species with nearly 100 specimens recorded.

A declining species in the UK

Larvae feed on Heather, with adults on the wing quite late in the season, mainly September.

Recorded in 39 (53%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1873.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Determination
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10kGeneral Area
17/09/2023127TG14Felbrigg / Runton
17/09/2023127TG13Hempstead
16/09/2023228TF71West Bilney
14/09/2023227TG33Ridlington
11/09/2023127TG10Hethersett
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Forewing: 14-16mm.
Flight: One generation Aug-Sept.
Foodplant:   Heather
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
BAP Status: Declining (Research only)
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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