Common Rustic Mesapamea secalis


Family Noctuidae » Subfamily Xyleninae » Mesapamea secalis (Linnaeus, 1758) 73.169 (BF2343)
Wingspan 27-30 mm. A very variable moth, and cannot be readily separated from the Lesser Common Rustic (M. didyma) and Remm’s Rustic (M. remmi) without genitalia examination. Until recently, the three rustic species were considered a single species. When recorded they are usually done so as an aggregate species, or for example Common Rustic agg. The larva feeds on various grasses. These images are representative of the species only. The adult flies July and August, and regularly comes to light sources. It can be found in a wide range of grassy habitats, including grassland, farmland and gardens. A resident species, common and widespread throughout.


Common Rustic (Mesapamea secalis)
Common Rustic Mesapamea secalis
Common Rustic (Mesapamea secalis)
Common Rustic (Mesapamea secalis)

Caught in moth trap, back garden, South Staffordshire. 18th July 2017. Photos © Peter Hillman.