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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Aug.

Forewing: M 12-16mm., F 15-20mm.

Foodplant: Common Reed and Reed Sweet-grass.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041883199218832006
Year last recorded20142014201420142012
Number of records251986285
Number of individuals29812175507
Unique positions4452882
Unique locations4852482
Adult records249885275
Immature records10000

For the county, we have a total of 379 records from 87 sites. First recorded in 1883.


1290 Chilo phragmitella 03
© David Ashton, 6 Jul 2016
1290 Chilo phragmitella 02
© Ian Marshall, 3 Aug 2015
1290 Chilo phragmitella 01
© Terry Box, 25 Jun 2011

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Rather thinly recorded in vice-counties 61 to 64 but locally common in reed-beds and occasionally taken at MV light well away from such habitat.

Argus 52, 2006:
VC65. High Batts NR., 1.7.2006 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

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