The Moths of Suffolk
2127 Triple-spotted Clay, Xestia ditrapezium, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Broad-leaved woodland, especially wet woodland, fens, parks and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late June to early August

Larval foodplants : Various herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Four at sugar and one at light near Timworth in 1909 (Nurse: Entom. 1911, 220).

Wingspan details : Forewing 17-19mm, Wingspan 39-46mm


Confusion species
    AdultSetaceous Hebrew Character, Xestia c-nigrum
Double Square-spot, Xestia triangulum
Square-spotted Clay, Xestia rhomboidea

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First site record - Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2006) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
larval diapause larval diapause larva larva pupa imago imago ovaimago larva larval diapause larval diapause larval diapause

Further Photographs

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North Wales (16.vii.2005) © Lee Gregory
Female. Confirmed by gen.det. Jon Clifton - Dunwich, Suffolk (2.vii.2014) © Paul Kitchener
Synchnant Pass, Conwy, Caernarfonshire (21.vii.2015) © Neil Sherman