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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Aug-Sep.

Forewing: 16-18mm.

Foodplant: Heathers

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1883188318831883
Year last recorded2014201220132013
Number of records3834665
Number of individuals71281332
Unique positions3125294
Unique locations2827294
Adult records2823624
Immature records2310

For the county, we have a total of 143 records from 88 sites. First recorded in 1883.


73.355 Neglected Rustic 04
© Damian Money
73.355 Neglected Rustic 03 larva
© Charlie Streets, 2 May 2010
73.355 Neglected Rustic 02
© Charlie Streets, 20 Jul 2010
73.355 Neglected Rustic 01
© Terry Box, 2 Sep 2011

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: 'Neglected' seems a very suitable name for this species! There are relatively few recent records, nearly all from high moorland or heathland in the Vale of York. Although we have no VC65 records it has been widely taken in Upper Teesdale from Middleton-in-Teesdale, Langdon Beck and Sun Wood at High Force, all in VC66 (IF; Dunn & Parrack, 1986).

2012 (CHF): If more people trapped in heathery upland areas in late August and early September, this moth might not feel quite so neglected as it is probably more common than the relatively few records suggest. There are old lowland records from Strensall Common but it has not been seen there since 1985. We receive one or two lowland records of this moth but these tend to be misidentifications of Square-spot Rustic which can be very variable.

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