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73.357 ~ 2134 ~ Square-spot Rustic ~ Xestia xanthographa
UK Status

Resident. Common

Montgomeryshire Status

A common species, found throughout the county.

Wingspan :  M & F, 30-40mm.

Confusion species

Garden Dart, White Marked, Neglected Rustic.
Flight time (Montgomeryshire)


Wide range of grassland, but not at high altitude.


Mainly grasses, but also recorded on plantains and cleavers.

Lifestage data

Overwinters as a larva. Larva Sept-Apr, feed mainly at night. Forms a cocoon in the soil but does not change into a pupa for c.6 weeks.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MDH, 21st Aug 2009, Llanfyllin

Photo by PRW, 4th Sept 2006, Commins Coch

Photo by MDH, 22nd Aug 2010, Llanfyllin