Xestia castanea - Lot Moths and Butterflies - species in Las Descargues, the Lot, France
drawing of a moth



Las Descargues, 15 September 2011
Xestia castanea Adult


© Robin Howard

Xestia castanea (Esper, 1798)

Neglected Rustic
La Noctuelle négligée

Wingspan: 34-38mm

A univoltine species on the wing from August to October when it is attracted to light and has been taken from all sites with open woodland and associated heathland. Recorded at Las Descargues and traps on the plateau but rarely encountered on the Causse.

Larvae feed on Calluna, Genista and Scoparia overwintering as small larvae with pupation taking place underground.