The Moths of Suffolk
2361 Rosy Rustic, Hydraecia micacea, (Esper, 1789)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Fens, scrub, heathland, open woodland, grassland, disturbed grass areas and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-July to early November

Larval foodplants : Various low growing plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Comes copiously to light throughout the County.

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-21mm, Wingspan 34-50mm


Confusion species
    AdultButterbur, Hydraecia petasitis

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Dingle Marshes (14.viii.2001) © A Prichard

Flight chart
17 88 100 21 1

Life history chart
ova ova ova ova larva larva larva larvapupaimago imago ovaimago ova ova

Further Photographs

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Eye, Suffolk (22.ix.2008) © Paul Kitchener
Female - Ipswich, Suffolk (10.viii.2009) © Neil Sherman
VC25, Burgh Castle, Suffolk (4.ix.2010) © Brian Jones
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Ipswich, Suffolk (16.ix.2018) © Paul Kitchener