The Moths of Suffolk
2232 Black Rustic, Aporophyla nigra, (Haworth, 1809)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Recent arrival, predominantly in the south-east but could occur in most areas

Habitats : Heathland, grassland, road-side verges, woodland rides

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-September to mid-October

Larval foodplants : Various woody and herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Not listed as Suffolk but has this comment about Black Rustic - is of western distribution in Britain and unlikely to occur with us.

Wingspan details : Forewing 17-21mm, Wingspan 40-46mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultDeep-brown Dart, Aporophyla lutulenta
Northern Deep-brown Dart, Aporophyla lueneburgensis

Compare confusion species
    Adult

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Great Martins Wood, Suffolk (26.ix.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Portland (28.ix.2003) © L Gregory
Bawdsey, Suffolk (19.ix.2005) © M Deans
Ipswich, Suffolk (x.2007) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (x.2008) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (20.ix.2013) © Paul Kitchener
Comparison with Deep-brown dart - Ipswich, Suffolk (5.x.2013) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (3.x.2014) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (21.ix.2018) © Paul Kitchener