Noctuidae: Noctuinae

2123 (ABH73.334) Small Square-spot Diarsia rubi, (Vieweg, 1790)

KR10093

2nd generation, Great Staughton
2nd generation, Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
2nd generation, Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Hillesden, Bucks
Hillesden, Bucks
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths


General Information

Pupates in loose soil.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a larva.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.

Forewing length: 12-16mm.
Foodplant(s): Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea), docks (Rumex spp.)
Flying: Two generations, May-early June and August-September
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Habitat

Wet woodland, fens, marshes, heathland and gardens.

Regional Information

Recorded in 129 (47.8%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in October 2018

Recorded date range (Adult): 24 April to 08 October

Similar Species
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Ingrailed Clay Diarsia mendica
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Fen Square-spot Diarsia florida


Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Smooth
Colours:
Brown, black, red
No. of Proleg Pairs:
5