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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Sep-Oct.

Forewing: 17-21mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous and woody plants.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19801978196419781960
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records12554104355678
Number of individuals14464221889388
Unique positions3217837016
Unique locations3318857515
Adult records12354103749774
Immature records20100

For the county, we have a total of 1856 records from 226 sites. First recorded in 1960.


73.233 Black Rustic 05
© Ken McCann
73.233 Black Rustic 04
© Andy Nunn
73.233 Black Rustic 03
© Dave Shenton
73.233 Black Rustic 02
© Paul Kipling, 10 Sep 2010
73.233 Black Rustic 01
© Charles Fletcher, 18 Sep 2003

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: In the fifty years preceding the publication of the last list (YNU, 1970) this species was only recorded once in the County. It has since been recorded several times and still seems to be increasing its range in Yorkshire. So far, however, there are only two sites where repeated records suggest it may be established.

Beaumont, 2002: This moth has occurred commonly in the south of VC63 during the past six or seven years but remains infrequent elsewhere.

2012 (CHF): This was a rare moth in the county until 1996 when it started to gradually become more common and spread out from its strongholds in the south of VC63 and from the western fringes. It can now be encountered all across the county. Similar expansion has been noted into other parts of eastern England. The biggest concentrations still occur in VC63 and 64.

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