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2131 ~ Square-spotted Clay ~ Xestia stigmatica
UK Status

Resident. Nat. Scarce B

Montgomeryshire Status

This 'Nationally Scarce B' species has only been recorded from a few scattered sites. In recent times it has only been found in the north-east of the county.

Wingspan :  M & F, 37-44mm.

Confusion species

Double Square-spot, Purple Clay, Triple-spotted Clay and Barred Chestnut.


Flight time (Montgomeryshire)

Habitat

Established broadleaf woodland & scrub.

Foodplant

Common nettle, dog's mercury & oxlip.

Lifestage data

Overwinters as a small larva. Larva Sept-May, feed mainly at night until mid Apr. Forms cocoon in the soil but does not change into pupa for several weeks.
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Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MDH, 29th July 2010, Llanfyllin

Photo by GBC, 26th July 2014, Lake Vyrnwy