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Square-spotted Clay
Xestia stigmatica (Esper, 1790)
Noctuidae: Noctuinae
2131 / 73.354
Photo © Garry Barlow,  Brecks, Norfolk. 07082015

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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
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 (66%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1873.
Last Recorded in 2021.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
08/09/2021127TG13 - Baconsthorpe
06/09/2021127TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
05/09/2021127TG02 - Foxley/Foulsham
04/09/2021227TG24 - Cromer
03/09/2021128TF92 - Fakenham/Ryburgh
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