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Common Rustic
Mesapamea secalis (Linnaeus, 1758)
Noctuidae: Xyleninae
2343 / 73.169
Photo © Dave Appleton,  14/07/2015 - North Elmham - male (gen det)

Similar Norfolk Species
Lesser Common Rustic
Mesapamea didyma
Small Clouded Brindle
Apamea unanimis
Forewing: 12-16mm.
Season: One generation July-Aug.
Foodplant:   Grasses.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4
Norfolk Status
Widespread and common.
Extremely variable species found in fens, grassland, heathland, open woodland, scrub and gardens.

Formerly a single species, this has now been split into a complex of three, giving Lesser Common Rustic and Remm's Rustic (Not found in Norfolk) specific status.

Species cannot be reliably separated without reference to the genitalia.
Please record all unconfirmed specimens as Common Rustic agg.




Map shows only confirmed post 2000 records. (pre 2000 data unconfirmed)

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 59 (86%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1956.
Last Recorded in 2019.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
08/08/2019528TF81 - Castle Acre/Litcham
07/08/2019127TM28 - Harleston
26/07/2019128TF81 - Castle Acre/Litcham
24/07/2019128TF74 - Holme/Titchwell
24/07/2019127TG14 - Sheringham
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