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2126 ~ Setaceous Hebrew Character ~ Xestia c-nigrum
UK Status

Resident and suspected migrant. Common

Montgomeryshire Status

A fairly common species, found throughout the county.

Wingspan :  M & F, 35-45mm.

Confusion species

Triple-spotted Clay and Double Square-spot.

Flight time (Montgomeryshire)


Mainly a lowland species found in various habitats.


A wide range of herbaceous plants.

Lifestage data

Overwinters as a larva. Larva June-July and September-April, feeding at night. Pupates underground in a fragile cocoon.
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Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MDH, 15th Aug 2009, Llanfyllin