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Square-spotted Clay
Xestia stigmatica (Esper, 1790)
Noctuidae: Noctuinae
2131 / 73.354
Photo © Keith Mitchell,  Stoke Goldington 04/09/20223

Similar Upper Thames Species
Purple Clay
Diarsia brunnea
Triple-spotted Clay
Xestia ditrapezium
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants including Common Nettle and Dog's Mercury
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3

Quite localised in the region, mainly in the eastern half. The region lies at the western edge of its geographical range in southern England. Occurs in woodland.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 32 (41%) of 78 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1750.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
06/09/2022123SU79 - Aston Rowant NNR, Turville
18/08/2022124SP80 - Wendover, Princes Risborough
14/08/2022122SU56 - Thatcham / Aldermaston
12/08/2022124SP85 - Olney, Salcey, Yardley Chase
12/08/2022122SU57 - Hermitage / Ashampstead
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