The Moths of Suffolk
2343a Lesser Common Rustic, Mesapamea didyma, (Esper, 1788)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3G)

Distribution and abundance : Local, but this is probably due to under-recording

Habitats : Grassland and other grassy areas

Flight Period : Single-brooded; July to August

Larval foodplants : Grasses

Morley's Final Catalogue : Common Rustic and Lesser Common Rustic were not differentiated in Morley's time.

Wingspan details : Forewing 11-16mm, Wingspan 28-32mm

Identification

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

Compare confusion species
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Confirmed by dissection. - Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2007) © Neil Sherman

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