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Triple-spotted Clay
Xestia ditrapezium ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Noctuidae: Noctuinae
2127 / 73.360
Photo © Tristan Bantock

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Setaceous Hebrew Character
Xestia c-nigrum
Double Square-spot
Xestia triangulum
Forewing: 17-19mm.
Flight: One generation June-Aug.
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants.
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
Local distribution.
Damp open broadleaved woodland, carr woodland and bushy fens. (also parks and gardens)

Very similar to Double Square-spot, determination can be made by resting position, forewing colouration and hindwing colouration.

i. Triple-spotted Clay tends to rest with wings wrapped more tightly together, giving the moth a more slender appearance.
ii. Triple-spotted Clay is a darker moth, usually a purplish-brown colour.
iii. Triple-spotted Clay typically has pale grey or light cream contrasting hindwings,
iv. If uncertain will require gen. det. to confirm.

Hindwing Comparison

[L] Triple-spotted Clay
light cream/grey
[R]Double Square-spot
dark brown/grey

Recorded in 61 (82%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1873.
Last Recorded in 2024.
Additional Stats

Latest 10 Records
26/06/2024127TG10Cringleford (UEA)
16/09/2023127TG00Barnham Broom
10/07/2023228TF62King's Lynn
09/07/2023128TF83North Creake
06/07/2023127TG14Sheringham / Beeston
01/07/2023127TM29Saxlingham Nethergate
Further info: Xestia ditrapezium
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