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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 13-15mm.

Foodplant: Omnivorous. Invertebrates and dead Common Reed stems.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19291938197419802012
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records6612204862
Number of individuals87224822252
Unique positions3284272
Unique locations3283472
Adult records6111200852
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 370 records from 83 sites. First recorded in 1929.


73.100 Silky Wainscot 08
© Andy Nunn
73.100 Silky Wainscot 07
© Terry Box, 13 Jul 2013
73.100 Silky Wainscot 06
© Ian Marshall, 10 Aug 2012
73.100 Silky Wainscot 05
© Ian Marshall, 26 Jul 2012
73.100 Silky Wainscot 04
© Terry Box, 26 Jun 2012
73.100 Silky Wainscot 03
© Ian Marshall, 30 Jul 2008
73.100 Silky Wainscot 02
© Ian Marshall, 30 July 2008
73.100 Silky Wainscot 01
© Charles Fletcher

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Now recorded from several sites in Yorkshire, but not recently confirmed from its original sites at Skipwith (VC61) and Strensall (VC62).

2012 (CHF): Like many other reed-feeding moths this species is doing well in the county with a marked expansion in range northwards to Teesside, westwards to Calderdale and north-west to the Ripon area in the last few years. The situation is mirrored in other parts of the country. There is still no record for VC65. It is easy to identify but can be mistaken for the micro Calamotropha paludella. Whilst most records are from reed beds, it does tend to wander to other areas at times.

Argus 66, 2012: With an unprecedented 47 records of 88 moths, there are too many records to list individually. This moth is slowly expanding its range and we now have the first record for VC65.
VC65. Nosterfield LNR, 3.8.2012 (CHF, DMS, AJW). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

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