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Oak Rustic
Dryobota labecula (Esper, 1788)
Noctuidae: Xyleninae
2246a / 73.223
Photo © RAY ROCHE,  08/11/2021 - Ingoldisthorpe

Similar Norfolk Species
Common Rustic
Mesapamea secalis
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Melanchra persicariae
Forewing: 27-31mm
Flight: One generation, October to December
Foodplant:   Evergreen (Holm) Oak
Red List: LC (Least Concern)
GB Rarity: Nationally Scarce
Ex Status: Recent colonist / Suspected immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
Norfolk Status
New Norfolk resident?

Very late flight period from October to December.

Recorded on the Isle of Wight, 15th October 1999. Increasingly recorded in the following years predominantly along the south coast, with records north to Suffolk in 2018. Inland records also show the species is slowly spreading north, with recent records in Northants, and new for Cambridgeshire also in 2021.

New for Norfolk in 2021 at Ingoldisthorpe VC28 (R. Roche, 08/11/21) and at Yarmouth VC27 (W. Hampton, 13/11/21)

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 2 (3%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2021.
Last Recorded in 2021.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
13/11/2021127TG50 - Yarmouth
08/11/2021128TF63 - Snettisham/Dersingham
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