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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug

Forewing: 14-16mm.

Foodplant: Common Reed.

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 recorded190519851905
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records27159660
Number of individuals431991060
Unique positions7611174
Unique locations689154
Adult records24158598
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 660 records from 154 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


2377 Fen Wainscot 02
© Jack Oughton
2377 Fen Wainscot 01
© Terry Box, 25 Jul 2005

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species restricted mainly to south-east Britain, the larva feeding in the inner stems of common reed (Phragmites australis). In Dorset, the moth is common within all the larger coastal reedbeds and at low density elsewhere along the coast where common reed grows on wet clay cliffs and landslip habitat. There is no evidence that the moth colonises common reed growing inland, however a number of records from a range of localities up to ten kilometres inland suggest occasional dispersal from coastal reedbed colonies.

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