The Moths of Suffolk
2130 Dotted Clay, Xestia baja, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Woodland, heathland, scrub, grassland and fens

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

Larval foodplants : Various herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Termed "common," and not worth localising in our 1890 Catalogue! Now so infrequent as to be capable of instance solely in the Bentley and Fritton woods, singly on sugar.

Wingspan details : Forewing 17-21mm, Wingspan 38-44mm


Confusion species
    AdultCousin German, Protolampra sobrina
Neglected Rustic, Xestia castanea
Six-striped Rustic, Xestia sexstrigata

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16.vii.2005 © Lee Gregory

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Walberswick (3.viii.2001) © A Prichard
Reared from larva - Inverness-shire ( © L Gregory
Eye, Suffolk (23.viii.2007) © Paul Kitchener
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Synchnant Pass, Conwy, Caernarfonshire (21.vii.2015) © Neil Sherman