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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nb

Local Status: Very scarce and restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, Jun-Aug, Sep-Oct.

Forewing: 15-18mm.

Foodplant: Marram grass.

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 recorded193619931936
Year last recorded200820062008
Number of records5241186
Number of individuals37557864
Unique positions21960
Unique locations13740
Adult records5141184
Immature records102

For the region, we have a total of 186 records from 40 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1936.


2201 Shore Wainscot 02
© Jack Oughton
2201 Shore Wainscot 01
© Chris Manley, 13 Sep 2005

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species of coastal sandhills in England and Wales plus two sites in Scotland, the larva feeding nocturnally on marram (Ammophila arenaria) and hiding in the sand by day. The moth is reputed to have a protracted emergence period between mid-June and late September. In Dorset, the moth is common to abundant amongst marram growing on the sand dunes facing Studland Bay and frequent in similar habitat both on Brownsea Island and on the northern periphery of Hengistbury Head. "It is a marvellous sight to see L. littoralis darting about in hundreds along the sandhills at a tearing pace: it is utterly impossible to net them except for an occasional lucky chance." (Reverend E Bankes, 29 June 1892). Short distance dispersal of a few kilometres has been noted at Arne and at Iford. The old record from the Chesil suggests that the site supported a colony many years ago; indeed, small quantities of marram in the Ferrybridge area remain to the present day. Marram was locally abundant between Bournemouth and Mudeford in the early part of the twentieth century, but it is now infrequent, and the old Shore Wainscot records from this area too, indicate the presence of strong colonies at that time. Marram, which is an important dune forming plant, is under pressure from human leisure pursuits on Chesil, Studland and Hengistbury Head. Some fencing has been erected to protect the marram on Studland, and such measures will doubtless be beneficial to the Shore Wainscot. It is recommended that conservation agencies responsible for managing reserves containing sand dune habitat, explicitly include this species in their management plans.

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