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Neglected Rustic
Xestia castanea

(Esper, 1798) 2132 / 73.355
Photo © Charlie Streets, 20 Jul 2010,  Norland moor, Calderdale

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Yorkshire Status: Scarce and local resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: 'Neglected' seems a very suitable name for this species! There are relatively few recent records, nearly all from high moorland or heathland in the Vale of York. Although we have no VC65 records it has been widely taken in Upper Teesdale from Middleton-in-Teesdale, Langdon Beck and Sun Wood at High Force, all in VC66 (IF; Dunn & Parrack, 1986).

2012 (CHF): If more people trapped in heathery upland areas in late August and early September, this moth might not feel quite so neglected as it is probably more common than the relatively few records suggest. There are old lowland records from Strensall Common but it has not been seen there since 1985. We receive one or two lowland records of this moth but these tend to be misidentifications of Square-spot Rustic which can be very variable.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 62 (31%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1883.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 16-18mm
Flight: August - September
Foodplant:   Heathers
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
BAP Status: Declining Species (BAP R)
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
15/09/2023263SD93 - Wycoller
13/09/2023163SE13 - Bradford
10/09/2023163SD93 - Wycoller
09/09/2023162NZ90 - Robin Hoods Bay
09/09/2023763SE01 - Marsden
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