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Similar Suffolk Species
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Xestia c-nigrum
Double Square-spot
Xestia triangulum
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Triple-spotted Clay
Xestia ditrapezium

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 2127 / 73.360

Morley's Final Catalogue: Four at sugar and one at light near Timworth in 1909 (Nurse: Entom. 1911, 220).

Recent Suffolk Status: Scarce and very local.

Life history: Single-brooded.

Identification: Very similar to Double-square spot. Double square-spot much more common in the county.
Rests with wings folded more tightly over the body giving a slimmer resting posture. Often has a reddish colour to the forewing. Hindwing is whitish, unlike in Double-square spot which has a grey hindwing.
Setaceous Hebrew character has the obvious pale spot, lacking in Triple-spotted clay.

Habitat: Carr woodlands, wetland sites so much less likely to appear in gardens.

Verification Grade Comment: A very scarce species in the County which needs to be verified with a photo/specimen.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 27 (47%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1909.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
17/08/2023125TM06 - Bacton/Stowupland
06/07/2023126TL77 - Mildenhall
26/07/2019125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
10/07/2019125TM06 - Bacton/Stowupland
04/07/2019125TM06 - Bacton/Stowupland
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Forewing: 17-19mm.
Flight: One generation June-Aug.
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
 Immature Adult
Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2024. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024
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