Noctuidae: Xyleninae

2361 (ABH73.123) Rosy Rustic Hydraecia micacea, (Esper, 1789)

KR09834

Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Whitelye Moor, Gwent
Whitelye Moor, Gwent
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Hemingford Grey
Hemingford Grey
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Whitelye, Gwent
Whitelye, Gwent
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Hemingford Grey, 11th Sept. 2015. MV trap. Male.
Hemingford Grey, 11th Sept. 2015. MV trap. Male.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies


General Information

This species is widely variable in both size and colour, but is quite distinctive.

 

Pupates in loose soil.

Overwinters as Overwinters as an egg.
Both sexes come to light.

Forewing length: 14-21mm.
Foodplant(s): Broad-leaved Dock (Rumex obtusifolius), Ribwort Plantain (Plantago lanceolata), Field Woundwort (Stachys arvensis), Common Sea-lavender (Limonium vulgare), Potato (Solanum tuberosum), Common Hop (Humulus lupulus), Lesser Burdock (Arctium minus), low-growing plants
Flying: One generation, August-October
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Habitat

Fens, scrub, heathland, open woodland, grassland, disturbed grass areas and gardens.

Regional Information

Recorded in 95 (35.2%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in September 2019

Recorded date range (Adult): 02 July to 19 November

Similar Species
Seghill, Northumberland
Seghill, Northumberland
 Photo © Ian Fisher
Butterbur Hydraecia petasitis


Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Wrinkled
Colours:
Pink, brown, grey, black, orange
No. of Proleg Pairs:
5