Sandhill rustic

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The sandhill rustic (Luperina nickerlii) is a noctuid moth found in various parts of western, southern and central Europe with several subspecies. The species was first described by Christian Friedrich Freyer in 1845.

Sandhill rustic
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Scientific classification
L. nickerlii
Binomial name
Luperina nickerlii
(Freyer, 1845)

Technical description and variationEdit

It is like Luperina testacea, but olive grey, without any rufous tinge; inner and outer lines conversely edged with whitish; a blackish shade before inner line from median vein to inner margin, interrupted at vein 1; claviform stigma broadly blackish; orbicular a minute white spot; reniform subquadrate, with fuscous centre and broad white annulus, the area beyond it blackish, submarginal line whiter, preceded, except between veins 6 and 7, by a blackish shade; a row of neat black marginal lunules; fringe dark grey pencilled with light grey; hindwing pure white, with dark marginal lunules and white fringe; the veins dark. [1]

The sandhill rustic in BritainEdit

In Britain, it flies in one generation between late July and late September and is represented by three subspecies:[2]

Subspecies demuthiEdit

Found on the coasts of Kent, Essex and Suffolk

Subspecies gueneeiEdit

Found in coastal sandhills in North Wales and Lancashire

Subspecies leechiEdit

Subspecies leechi, is found on Loe Bar, Cornwall, the shingle beach which separates Loe Pool from the sea. Two pupae, found in the sand, by Barry Goater and Michael Leech in September 1974 was the first sign of this previously unknown subspecies.[3] The female moth is reluctant to fly and rarely appears at light; behaviour that has presumably evolved as an adaptation to its windswept habitat. With only one known population ssp. leechi is a Biodiversity Action Plan species, is listed in the Red Data Book and a species account is given in the Cornish RDB.[4]


The larvae feed on the stem and roots of sand couch (Elytrigia juncea) from September to the following July.[5][6]

The sandhill rustic in IrelandEdit

In Ireland, the sandhill rustic is represented by the subspecies knilli, which occurs only in County Kerry.


  1. ^ Seitz, A. Ed., 1914 Die Großschmetterlinge der Erde, Verlag Alfred Kernen, Stuttgart Band 3: Abt. 1, Die Großschmetterlinge des palaearktischen Faunengebietes, Die palaearktischen eulenartigen Nachtfalter, 1914
  2. ^ Waring, P. & Townsend, M. (2003). Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland. Hook: British Wildlife Publishing.
  3. ^ Smith, F.H.N. (1997) The Moths and Butterflies of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Wallingford: Gem Publishing Company.
  4. ^ Spalding, A., Truscott, L.A.C. & Worth, J. (2009) Moths and Butterflies. In CISBFR, Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition. Praze-an-Beeble: Croceago Press.
  5. ^ Porter J. (1997) The Colour Identification Guide to Caterpillars of the British Isles. London: Penguin Group.
  6. ^ Robinson, Gaden S.; Ackery, Phillip R.; Kitching, Ian J.; Beccaloni, George W.; Hernández, Luis M. (2010). "Search the database - introduction and help". HOSTS - A Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants. Natural History Museum, London.

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