ABH 73.333

Ingrailed Clay Diarsia mendica

BF 2120

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(Fabricius, 1775)
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28-35 mm.


Very variable, and can be confused with a number of other species, but general pattern sufficiently distinct to enable identification in most cases; a useful field mark, sometimes absent, is the small black dot between the orbicular stigma and dorsum, a feature shared by the superficially similar Small Square-spot D. rubi

A highly variable species, ranging from rather pale individuals in the south, to much darker ones in Scotland, with some island variants in Orkney and Shetland being afforded subspecies status.


Life Cycle

Frequents woodland and moorland, flying in a single generation from June and July. Larva feeds on Primrose, Hawthorn, Hazel, Blackthorn and other woody plant



Common in woodland, gardens and heathland





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