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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Invasion of the Square Spot Rustic, Xestia xanthographa

At some time, around the 14th/15th of September, the kitchen (and other rooms of the house) wereinvaded by the LBJ (little brown Job-otherwise known as an unknown bird in the avian/birdwatching world) of the Moth world.
Not that it was that small though. At about 17mm, it is hard to ignore, especially when it is a mid- dark brown, and appears almost everywhere. At first we had just a few, dotted here and there in the kitchen. Then there were more. For about two/three days this went on.
So I assume that Mrs. Square spot thought that somewhere nearby was a nice safe place to lay her eggs, or something like that. Nothing exciting like Painted Lady Butterflies. Well, at least these Moths had a safe start into life. And although being just brown, either with a 1/2 'closed' X, or with other yellowish marks, (including the square spot!) I love these little creatures. With gales blowing my head off outside, they were reluctant to get outside, but eventually they agreed with a few sheltered spots.
Here's a few shots of my visitors:

Square-Spot-Rustic, Xestia xanthographa


  1. That's a lovely moth Yoke. I don't think I've seen one this year. It must have been a bad year for them here.

  2. Thanks, Crow; I've had these before, at some time last summer. Never as many as this year though.


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