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2343 ~ Common Rustic ~ Mesapamea secalis
UK Status

Resident. Common

Montgomeryshire Status

Probably very common, but due to similarity with the Lesser Common Rustic there is much confusion in separating these two species. Genitalia examination is required.

Wingspan :  M & F, 31-36mm.

Confusion species

Lesser Common Rustic.

Flight time (Montgomeryshire)


A range of grassy places, woodland and gardens.



Lifestage data

Overwinters as a larva. Larva September-May, feeding inside the stem. Pupates in a cocoon underground.
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Montgomeryshire photos