The Moths of Suffolk
2105 Dotted Rustic, Rhyacia simulans, (Hufnagel, 1766)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Open habitats; woodland, hedgerows, open woodland and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; literature gives late June to July

Larval foodplants : Not known in the wild

Records : Barrow (A Parr, 1990, 1991 & 1997), Nowton (R Eley, 1985 & 1995 - 1996), Minsmere (C Anderson, 1994 & 1995), St Olaves (H Jenner, 1987), Landguard (N Odin & M Marsh, 1997, 2002 & 2003), Eye (P Kitchener, 1997)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Not listed as Suffolk species but has comment - Dotted Rustic, is confined to western England.

Wingspan details : Forewing 17-21mm, Wingspan 42-54mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultNorthern Rustic, Standfussiana lucernea
Stout Dart, Spaelotis ravida

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Caught by S. Clancy - New Romney, Kent (20.ix.2005) © M Deans

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