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There is a blurred orange line parallel to the forewing edge and passing directly through the oval and kidney marks.
Rustics, etc -
The Rustic and other similar Noctuids
1. Uncertain, The Rustic and Vine’s Rustic which are all common but difficult to distinguish.
2. Mottled Rustic, which is similar to the first three but has clear distinguishing features.
3. Common Quaker, which is often similar to Vine’s Rustic.
Oval and kidney marks contrast with the forewing colour.
Tip of the forewing is more rounded than in The Rustic
Oval and kidney marks do not contrast with the forewing colour.
Tip of forewing is more pointed than in Uncertain
Oval and kidney marks larger and more rounded than Uncertain or The Rustic.
Forewing is grey-
If a moth cannot be positively identified
These 3 species are so variable and so similar that often a moth cannot be identified from its markings alone.
In this case if you are trapping and have a number of moths obviously of the same species this will help. If necessary they could possibly be identified by killing and dissecting them.
Otherwise, if you are recording, there should be a term for this group of moths recommended
for your database -
Other moths which could be confused with The Rustic, Uncertain and Vine’s Rustic
Some Common Quakers are ‘chalky’ and look like Vine’s Rustic. However their flight
periods hardly overlap -
The inner and outer edges of the main cross-
Vine’s Rustic : May to September
Kidney mark is square at the sides and usually light in colour.
Usually a dark area between the Oval and Kidney marks
Very similar to Square-
Distinguished by a black spot level with the Oval mark.
Other species do have a black spot in this position -
Uncertain, the Rustic and Vine’s Rustic
Hindwing is whiter than in The Rustic and Uncertain.
The mottled Rustic looks quite like the Uncertain.
Oval and kidney marks have blurred edges
The leading edge of the forewing curves round to the wing tip -
There are often longitudinal white lines in the outer half of the forewing
For comparison of Common Quaker with other quakers see Quakers page