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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 14-18mm.

Foodplant: Common Reed and Reed Canary-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 recorded190519851905
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records604821372
Number of individuals44933439672
Unique positions9614220
Unique locations8113188
Adult records537821238
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 1372 records from 188 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


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© Jack Oughton
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© Jack Oughton
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© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species in south-east Britain, the larva feeding nocturnally on common reed (Phragmites australis) and reed canary-grass (Phalaris arundinacea), and hiding by day in old hollow reed stems or amongst reed litter. In Dorset, the moth is frequent amongst common reed growing along the coast in shallow water, in brackish estuaries and on wet clay cliffs; it also colonises fens inland in the Poole Basin. Occasionally, dispersed singletons are observed some distance from reed habitat.

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