|Six Striped Rustic (Xestia sexstrigata)|
So what did I find out about this little moth:
|You can see the proboscis here|
- Like yesterdays Flame Shouldered Moth these moths are quite widely distributed across the UK, not quite as common in Scotland but they are found there.
- They have a wingspan of 36-38mm
- You are most likely to see these moths flying between July and September. They only have one brood per year.
- They live in habitats like damp woodland and marshy areas like bogs and fens.
- Another similarity to yesterdays moth is that the adults are attracted to Ragwort for nectar.
- The larvae are around from September to April or May.
|And here's the bugs eye view :-)|
- They feed by night on a range of herbaceous plants like Plantain, Bramble and Bedstraw.
- In the day the larvae hide out low down on these plants trying to stay out of sight of predators.
- When they are ready to transform into adults they head underground to pupate.
- In case it's not obvious from my photos they get their name from six stripes that go across their wings.
As promised some links where you can see pictures of this moth with better markings.
Nature Spot - Six Striped Rustic
Lepi Photos - Six Striped Rustic
Habitas - Six Striped Rustic
Hope you enjoyed,