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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug

Forewing: 14-16mm.

Foodplant: Common Reed.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1883199119641883
Year last recorded2014201420142014
Number of records8182712643
Number of individuals12173640451
Unique positions74104618
Unique locations8394016
Adult records8092711640
Immature records0000

For the county, we have a total of 1014 records from 148 sites. First recorded in 1883.


Fen Wainscot. 05
© David Ashton
2377 Fen Wainscot 04
© Andy Nunn
2377 Fen Wainscot 03
© Terry Box, 18 Aug 2012
2377 Fen Wainscot 02
© Charles Fletcher 19 Jul 2006
2377 Fen Wainscot 01
© Dave Williamson

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Most frequent in reed-beds along the Humber estuary. There are a few other Yorkshire localities for this species.

2012 (CHF): The vast majority of records used to be from VC61, particularly at Spurn, but there has been considerable recent movement to the north and west in recent years. This is another reed-feeding Wainscot which often wanders away from its usual habitat.

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