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National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Sep.

Forewing: 12-15mm.

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 recorded201120082011
Number of records20611434
Number of individuals46719972
Unique positions537120
Unique locations484104
Adult records17811378
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 434 records from 104 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


2371 Brown-veined Wainscot 03
© Debra Saunders
2371 Brown-veined Wainscot 02
© Jack Oughton
2371 Brown-veined Wainscot 01
© Dave Foot

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species occurring mainly in southern and central England and East Anglia, the larva feeding within the inner stems of common reed (Phragmites australis). In Dorset, the moth is marginally more local than the Twin-spotted Wainscot2370, being confined almost exclusively to the larger coastal reedbeds where it is common to abundant. It is recorded regularly from the Fleet, Radipole, Lodmoor, Poole Harbour and Christchurch Harbour, although it is less frequent along the Fleet than the Twin-spotted Wainscot, and inland reedbeds have yet to yield colonies. Rather less dispersive than Twin-spotted Wainscot, examples have very occasionally appeared well inland.

This species is rather similar to Twin-spotted Wainscot. Diagnostics include: brown vein mark between thorax and stigmata often edged with white scales; longer wing giving a more slender appearance; white marks when present in same orientation as brown vein, not one above the other; not unicolorous.


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