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Immature stages

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White-line Dart
Euxoa tritici
True Lover's Knot
Lycophotia porphyrea
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Heath Rustic
Xestia agathina

(Duponchel, 1827) 2135 / 73.356

Morley's Final Catalogue: Frequently discovered on heaths, by day at the roots of heather and at dusk flying over it: habitually feigns death in daylight. Foxhall heath and in 1923 at Aldringham (Mly), Waldringfield heath (Wlr), three at Stowmarket (B); Covehithe (Gd), common round Blythburgh (Btn), Lowestoft (L). In the Breck at Brandon (Wrn) and Tuddenham (Wrt).

Recent Suffolk Status: Very local. Regularly recorded from heathland sites in the Sandlings and Breck in small numbers. Occasionally wanders far from its known habitat in warm autumns.

Life history: Single-brooded. Larvae have been swept from heather in the spring.

Identification: True Lover's knot lacks the pale streak along the costa. White-line dart is similar, but has more feathered antennae in the male and the oval mark doesn't contrast as much with the black streak mark.

Habitat: Heathland.

Recorded in 20 (34%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1923.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
16/09/2023725TM45 - Aldeburgh/Orford
16/09/2023225TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
12/09/2022225TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
11/09/2022125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
11/09/2022125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Forewing: 14-16mm.
Flight: One generation Aug-Sept.
Foodplant:   Heather
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
BAP Status: Declining (Research only)
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 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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