The Moths of Suffolk
2354 Sandhill Rustic, Luperina nickerlii, (Freyer, 1845)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Localised to coastal saltmarshes may be common where it occurs

Habitats : Saltmarsh

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late July to September

Larval foodplants : Salt-marsh grasses

Morley's Final Catalogue : Not listed as Suffolk but has comment as follows - Sandhill Rustic at St. Annes and Dumeril's Rustic, along our south coast, are little more than immigrants.

Wingspan details : Forewing 15-18mm, Wingspan 32-42mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultFlounced Rustic, Luperina testacea
Dumeril's Rustic, Luperina dumerilii

Compare confusion species
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Orfordness (viii.2002) © M Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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ssp. nickerlii larva larva larva larva larva larva larvapupa pupaimago ovalarvaimago larva larva larva
ssp. leechi larva larva larva larva larva larva larvapupa imago ovalarvaimago larva larva larva
ssp. knilli larva larva larva larva larva larva larvapupa imago ovalarvaimago larva larva larva
ssp. gueneei larva larva larva larva larva larva larvapupa imago ovalarvaimago larva larva larva

Further Photographs

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ssp. demuthi - Havergate Island, Suffolk (viii.2003) © N Sherman
Demuthi showing characters of leechi - Bawdsey (15.viii.2005) © M Deans
Demuthi showing characters of leechi - Bawdsey (15.viii.2005) © M Deans
 
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Bawdsey, Suffolk (6.viii.2009) © Matthew Deans
Bawdsey, Suffolk (11.viii.2009) © Matthew Deans
ssp. demuthi - Orfordness, Suffolk (14.viii.2009) © Neil Sherman
 
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Orfordness, Suffolk (14.viii.2009) © Lee Gregory
ssp. demuthi - Bawdsey Quay, Suffolk (1.viii.2014) © Neil Sherman