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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Sep.

Forewing: 20-24mm.

Foodplant: Bulrush and Lesser Bulrush.

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 recorded189519851895
Year last recorded201120082011
Number of records29617626
Number of individuals28520610
Unique positions6310146
Unique locations608136
Adult records25617546
Immature records5010

For the region, we have a total of 626 records from 136 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1895.


2369 Bulrush Wainscot 07
© Julian Francis
2369 Bulrush Wainscot 06
© Julian Francis
2369 Bulrush Wainscot 05 (m)
© Gillian Nash
2369 Bulrush Wainscot 04
© Paul Harris
2369 Bulrush Wainscot 03
© Gordon Hopkins
2369 Bulrush Wainscot 02
© Gordon Hopkins
2369 Bulrush Wainscot 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species throughout England and Wales, the larva feeding in the stems of bulrush (Typha spp.). In Dorset, bulrush is a rapid coloniser of nutrient-rich ponds, flooded pits and ditches, and is found locally in most of the county's river systems. "In my opinion, to be obtained in any place where bulrush has been established for any length of time." (W Parkinson Curtis manuscript). The following light trap records denote a flight period extending into the autumn in some years: Iwerne Minster, two on 13 October 1955, two on 9 November 1955 (H Moore), West Bexington, on 9 October 1996 (R Eden), Furzebrook, on 20 October 1975 (Professor N Webb), Holton Heath Marsh, two on 10 October 1994 (P Davey), Gaunts Common, on 12 October 1996 (P Davey), Hengistbury Head, female on 18 October 2003 (M Jeffes).

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