The Moths of Suffolk
2343 Common Rustic, Mesapamea secalis, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Fens, grassland, heathland, open woodland, scrub and gardens

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

Larval foodplants : Grasses

Morley's Final Catalogue : Common Rustic and Lesser Common Rustic were not differentiated in Morley's time. A pest at light in July everywhere, especially noted at Ipswich, Needham, Monks Soham, Gorleston.

Wingspan details : Forewing 12-16mm, Wingspan 31-36mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultSmall Clouded Brindle, Apamea unanimis
Lesser Common Rustic, Mesapamea didyma
Remm's Rustic, Mesapamea remmi

Compare confusion species
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Eye (7.vii.2005) © P.Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye (vii.2005) © P.Kitchener
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Eye (vii.2005) © P.Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (1.viii.2014) © Neil Sherman