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National Status: Na

Local Status: Very rare and very local migrant/wanderer.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

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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 recorded19361936
Year last recorded20102010
Number of records3162
Number of individuals54108
Unique positions2142
Unique locations1734
Adult records3162
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 62 records from 34 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1936.


2209 Flame Wainscot 02
© Julian Francis
2209 Flame Wainscot 01
© Chris Manley

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A very local species resident in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Dorset, the larva feeding nocturnally on common reed (Phragmites australis) and hiding by day in old hollow reed stems. In Dorset, the moth is at low density and restricted to the freshwater reedbeds found at Morden Bog and on Brownsea Island plus several of the more brackish and extensive reedbeds around the western edge of Poole Harbour, for example Snag Valley. The species has yet to be observed in reedbed habitat at Abbotsbury, Radipole, Lodmoor, Studland and at Christchurch Harbour. The threats to the Flame Wainscot at Morden Bog are discussed in the account of the Reed Leopard160. In Poole Harbour, the moth tends to occupy the drier, landward fringes of the reedbed, especially where the reed spills up-stream into water courses emptying into the harbour, and in these situations the main threat is loss of the reed to scrub. The freshwater and brackish reed beds on Brownsea Island are maintained by cutting the reed and restricting scrub growth. Continued monitoring of known colonies is recommended, and conservation agencies responsible for maintaining reedbed habitat should include this species in their management plans.

The Flame Wainscot rarely wanders far from reedbed habitat, but these light trap examples suggest occasional medium range dispersal or immigration from abroad: Durlston, a male on 17 May 1964 (R Fairclough), Gaunts Common, at MV on 24 May 1989 (P Davey).

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