Noctuidae: Noctuinae

10199 Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum, (Linnaeus, 1758)

BF2126 (ABH73.359)

Great Staughton, UK, August 2009
Great Staughton, UK, August 2009
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Great Staughton, UK, August 2009
 Photo © Peter Bissell

General Information

Pupates in loose soil.

Overwinters as a larva.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.

Forewing length: 14-19mm.
Foodplant(s): nettles (Urtica spp.), willowherbs (Epilobium spp.), docks (Rumex spp.), herbaceous plants
Flying: Two generations, May-July and early August-October
UK Presence: Immigrant, Possible Resident
National status: Not endangered


Lowland woodland, marshes and gardens.

Regional Information

Recorded in 1 (0.4%) of the 270 2km squares of Baden-W├╝rttemberg.

Last recorded in August 2018

Recorded date range (Flying/Adult): 06 June to 27 September

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 12 May to 12 May

Similar Species
Triple-spotted Clay Xestia ditrapezium
Christophstal, August 2013
Christophstal, August 2013
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Double Square-spot Xestia triangulum

Larva Type:
Green, grey, brown, white, black
No. of Proleg Pairs: