Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Scarce and local resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Aug-Sep.
Foodplant: Common Reed.
|Year first recorded||1988||1995||1996||2001||2012|
|Year last recorded||2014||2013||2014||2014||2013|
|Number of records||215||13||71||26||2|
|Number of individuals||245||20||90||36||2|
For the county, we have a total of 327 records from 91 sites. First recorded in 1988.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: A colony of this south-eastern species has existed in south Lincolnshire for some years (Duddington & Johnson, 1983). The record below is the first specimen to be recorded in Yorkshire and it is the most northerly in Britain so far (MBGBI 10 map 140). A single specimen on 8.9.1988 at Spurn (B. R. Spence).
VC63. Rossington, July 1996; Potteric Carr, 29.8.1998 (RIH); Wintersett Country Park, 26.8.1999 (PSm, PM et. al). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
VC64. Drax, 2.8.1997 (EOC). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
2012 (CHF): From a few scattered localities there has been spread all across south-east Yorkshire as far west as Leeds and up the coast as far as Teesside. Records peaked in 2009 but 2011 was a poor year with only 11 records. Most of the reed-feeding Wainscots have done well in the last ten years.
Argus 66, 2012: A slight increase and an addition to the VC65 list which is not unexpected as this moth has been slowly expanding.
VC65. Bellflask (East), 5.9.2012 (BM). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.