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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: RDB3

Local Status: Very rare, no recent record.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Aug-Sep.

Forewing: 15-20mm.

Foodplant: Common Club-rush, Reed-mace and Yellow Iris.

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded19531953
Year last recorded19531953
Number of records12
Number of individuals12
Unique positions12
Unique locations12
Adult records12
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 2 records from 2 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1953.


2374 Rush Wainscot 01
© Paul Harris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A rare species found in Sussex and Norfolk, the larva feeding on the inner stems of bulrush (Typha spp.), yellow iris (Iris pseudacorus), and common club-rush (Scirpus lacustris). In Dorset, the moth has been seen on one occasion close to suitable habitat. There was no opportunity for immigration at the time with a high pressure area centred over the English Channel and light and variable winds: Hengistbury Head, netted whilst flying around lamp post on 6 August 1953 (C Pearce). It is recommended that searches be undertaken for this species from freshwater habitat containing its foodplants at Wick Hams and at Stanpit Marsh.

This species resembles Webb's Wainscot2373. Diagnostics include: the absence of a dotted border on the edge of the forewing.


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