The Moths of Suffolk
2302 Brown Rustic, Rusina ferruginea, (Esper, 1785)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Woodland, heathland, scrub, grassland and fen areas

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-May to mid-August

Larval foodplants : Various herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Not much in evidence, since it was considered generally common with us in 1890. Frequent on sugar in Bentley Woods; Waldringfield; Fritton; rarely at light in Monks Soham and Gorleston, in June; noticed at Town-street in Brandon during July 1924.

Wingspan details : Forewing 16-18mm, Wingspan 32-40mm


Confusion species
    AdultSquare-spot Rustic, Xestia xanthographa

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Ipswich ( © A Prichard

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye, Suffolk (25.v.2009) © Paul Kitchener
Cutlers Wood, Suffolk ( © A Prichard