Common in a wide range of habitats, mainly in low-lying areas, including woodland, rough meadows and gardens throughout the British Isles, a species of conservation concern under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan. Common and well distributed in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight. Wingspan 31-33 mm. Easily and frequently confused with Uncertain H. octogenaria
, but generally H. blanda
has a straighter costa, less rounded dorsum, smoother, more grey-brown forewing, stigmata less contrasting with remainder of forewing and slightly smaller. The Uncertain has broader wings, and is ochreous brown and coarser looking, with more obvious cross-lines, more contrasting stigmata, and a larger orbicular stigma. The Rustic has greyer and glossier in The Rustic, and appears later than The Uncertain, appearing towards the end of June, with the latter species appearing from late May. See the comparison photo in the collection above.
Please note - worn specimens of either species should be aggregated, if not determined by genitalia examination. It is also recommended that inexperienced recorders aggregate the two species, unless the specimen or photo is confirmed by their County Moth Recorder or an experienced local recorder.
Larva feeds on various herbaceous plants, including Chickweed, Dock and Plantain.