Sirhowy Hill Woodlands

Scientific name: Mesapamea secalis

Common Rustic

July to August. Common and well distributed throughout Britain.


An extremely variable moth from yellowish brown to greyish or reddish brown, blackish brown or black. A kidney mark on the forewing is always visible and at least partly outlined in white. This species is impossible to distinguish from the Lesser Common Rustic and Remm’s Rustic without referring to the genitalia.


The larvae can be found from September to the following May feeding inside plant stems, moving to new ones as they grow and then pupates underground.

What do Common Rustics eat?

The Common Rustic eats a range of grasses including Cock’s-foot (Dactylis glomeratus), Tall Fescue (Festuca arundinacea), Tufted Hair-grass (Deschampsia cespitosa) and cereal crops.

What habitat does the Common Rustic live in?

The Common Rustic are found in a wide range of grassy habitats including gardens, farmland, heathland, calcareous grassland and woodlands.


What family does the Common Rustic belong to?

The Common Rustic belongs to the Noctuidae family.

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Scientific Name

Mesapamea secalis


England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland


Small sized

Wingspan Range: 34-32mm


Common and well distributed throughout the British Isles

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