Noctuidae: Noctuinae

2126 (ABH73.359) Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum, (Linnaeus, 1758)

KR10199

Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Hemingford Grey
Hemingford Grey
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Whitelye, Gwent
Whitelye, Gwent
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies


General Information

Pupates in loose soil.

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

Forewing length: 14-19mm.
Foodplant(s): nettles (Urtica spp.), willowherbs (Epilobium spp.), docks (Rumex spp.), herbaceous plants
Flying: Two generations, May-July and early August-October
UK Presence: Immigrant, Possible Resident
National status: Common

Habitat

Lowland woodland, marshes and gardens.

Regional Information

Recorded in 160 (59.3%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in November 2018

Recorded date range (Adult): 15 April to 06 December

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 28 June to 05 July

Similar Species
Kilmartin, Argyll 28-07-14
Kilmartin, Argyll 28-07-14
 Photo © Ian Fisher
Triple-spotted Clay Xestia ditrapezium
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Double Square-spot Xestia triangulum


Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Smooth
Colours:
Green, grey, brown, white, black
No. of Proleg Pairs:
5