The Moths of Suffolk
2126 Setaceous Hebrew Character, Xestia c-nigrum, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and abundant

Habitats : In a wide variety, including woodland, gardens, fens, grassland, woodland, scrub

Flight Period : Double-brooded; May to July and August to October

Larval foodplants : Various herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Suffolk (Stephens, Illust. ii, 1829, p. 136). Par excellence the two (referring also to Square-spot Rustic) most prevalent of all autumn Noctuid moths.

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-19mm, Wingspan 35-45mm


Confusion species
    AdultTriple-spotted Clay, Xestia ditrapezium
Double Square-spot, Xestia triangulum

Compare confusion species

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Thetford (26.v.2001) © L Gregory

Flight chart
2 6 4 100 29 2

Life history chart
larval diapause larval diapause larva larvapupa imago ovaimago ovalarvaimago larvapupaimago imago ovalarvaimago larval diapause larval diapause

Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (29.viii.2009) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk ( © Neil Sherman
Dunwich, Suffolk (22.viii.2016) © Paul Kitchener
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Reddish-brown example - Ipswich, Suffolk (22.viii.2018) © Paul Kitchener