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2130 ~ Dotted Clay ~ Xestia baja
UK Status

Resident. Common

Montgomeryshire Status

A common species, found throughout the county.

Wingspan :  M & F, 38-44mm.

Confusion species

Six-striped Rustic, Neglected Rustic and Cousin German.

Flight time (Montgomeryshire)


Woodland, heathland, hedgerows, scrubby grassland, wet places and gardens.


A wide range of herbaceous plants.

Lifestage data

Overwinters as a small larva. Larva August-May, feeding mainly at night. Pupates just below the soil.
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Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MDH, 12th July 2009, Llanfyllin

Photo by PB, 24th July 2011, Morben ISAF