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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Aug-Oct.

Forewing: 16-23mm.

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 recorded201120112011
Number of records9861522276
Number of individuals18054074424
Unique positions1129242
Unique locations959208
Adult records8861522076
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 2276 records from 208 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


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Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species found in reedbeds throughout Britain, the larva feeding in the lower stems and roots of common reed (Phragmites australis). In Dorset, the moth is common within all the larger reedbeds, frequent in the smaller reedbeds along the coast and inland fens, and scattered in wetland situations elsewhere inland. The moth is prone to wandering and has occasionally been trapped some distance from suitable habitat. It has a prolonged flight period.

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