Irish moths

Common Rustic agg

Family: Noctuidae       Sub-family: Amphipyrinae

2343x     *     Common Rustic agg.     *     Mesapamea secalis agg.

As Common Rustic (Mesapamea secalis)and Lesser Common Rustic (M. didyma) are very variable, nearly identical and require genitalia examination for certain identification they are often recorded and mapped as Common Rustic agg.

Widespread, common
Wingspan: 27-30mm. Flight time: July-September
Found in grassland habitats, the larvae feed inside grass stems

Similar: The Crescent

Photographs: Ballingeary, Co. Cork, SW Ireland. 2010

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