The Moths of Suffolk
2382 Rustic, Hoplodrina blanda, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : In a wide variety, including heathland, fens, open woodland, scrub and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to mid-August. As with Uncertain there are occasional late records up until mid-September

Larval foodplants : Various herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Of but slightly less frequent occurrence than the preceding two species (Uncertain and Mottled Rustic); Copdock, on one occasion flying to light in a storm of wind and rain ; Orford; Sotterly, Monks Soham; Brandon.

Wingspan details : Forewing 13-16mm, Wingspan 31-35mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultUncertain, Hoplodrina alsines
Powdered Rustic, Hoplodrina superstes
Vine's Rustic, Hoplodrina ambigua
Mottled Rustic, Caradrina morpheus

Compare confusion species
    Adult

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2007) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye (7.vii.2005) © P.Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2007) © Neil Sherman