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Lesser Common Rustic
Mesapamea didyma
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Apamea unanimis

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Common Rustic
Mesapamea secalis

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2343 / 73.169

Morley's Final Catalogue: Common rustic was just a single species in Morley's time.
A pest at light in July everywhere, especially noted at Ipswich, Needham, Monks Soham, Gorleston.

Recent Suffolk Status: The few confirmed Common rustic records show this to be a widespread species in the county.

Life history: Single-brooded. Seen from June through to September in Suffolk.

Identification: This species and Lesser common rustic can only be separated by dissection as they are both very similar and equally variable. Any undissected moths need to be recorded as aggregate.
Small clouded brindle flies earlier in the season so any moths still around when Common rustic appears on the wing are usually very worn.

Habitat: A wide variety of grassy habitats including gardens.

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 44 (76%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1965.
Last Recorded in 2021.
Additional Stats

< Double Lobed | Common Rustic agg. >

Determination
Hollesley Suffolk. 14 July 2019 - Raymond A Watson
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
16/07/2021226TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
11/07/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
07/07/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
23/08/2020126TL76 - Kentford/Dalham
10/08/2020126TL76 - Kentford/Dalham
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Forewing: 12-16mm.
Flight: One generation July-Aug.
Foodplant:   Grasses
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4
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