The Moths of Suffolk
2177 Hedge Rustic, Tholera cespitis, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Reasonably widespread in heathland and grassland areas

Habitats : Grassland, heathland, open woodland, fens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; August to September

Larval foodplants : Hard-bladed grasses, such as Mat-grass and Wavy Hair-grass

Morley's Final Catalogue : A good deal commoner than was thought in 1890, when it had been noted singly at only Playford, Leiston and Lowestoft. Copdock (Hkg); many at street-lamps in Ipswich in Augusts of 1894-5 (Mly, Baylis, Pyett). Hemley in 1902 and one on sugar at Waldringfield in 1929 (Wlr); Aldeburgh (Entom. ii, 340). Bungay, a few at light in 1897 (Mn); Fritton at reed-blossom in September 1934 (Trans.ii, p. clxxxvii).

Wingspan details : Forewing 15-19mm, Wingspan 34-40mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Rendham (viii.2002) © M Deans
Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2002) © N Sherman
Beeley Moor, Derbyshire (30.viii.2009) © Lee Gregory
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (4.ix.2011) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (12.ix.2015) © Neil Sherman
Dunwich, Suffolk (30.viii.2018) © Paul Kitchener