Prev Flights Rec Search
Square-spotted Clay
Xestia stigmatica (Esper, 1790)
Noctuidae: Noctuinae
2131 / 73.354
Photo © Dave Appleton,  24/08/2013 - Bawdeswell

View all 31 photos >

Similar Norfolk Species
Purple Clay
Diarsia brunnea
Triple-spotted Clay
Xestia ditrapezium
Forewing: 17-20mm.
Flight: One generation July-Aug.
Foodplant:   Common Nettle, Dog's Mercury and Oxlip.
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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 49 (71%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1873.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
13/09/2020127TG20 - Norwich
08/09/2020128TL99 - Thompson/Gt.Hocking
26/08/2020127TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
25/08/2020127TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
22/08/2020+27TG13 - Baconsthorpe
Further info: Xestia stigmatica
UK Moths
Mothdissection UK
Suffolk Moths
Hants Moths Norfolk Moths (Full)
Back Record Home
iMoths V11.0 HD © Jim Wheeler 2020