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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Aug-Sep.

Forewing: 10-14mm.

Foodplant: Sedges and other grasses.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831857188318831880
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records103122398102490
Number of individuals2064330952852402
Unique positions62686412228
Unique locations61686612527
Adult records10202107199276
Immature records00004

For the county, we have a total of 2466 records from 347 sites. First recorded in 1857.


73.144 Small Wainscot 03
© Tony Moverley, 26 Aug 2013
73.144 Small Wainscot 02
© Paul Kipling, 20 Aug 2010
73.144 Small Wainscot 01
© John William Cooper

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Only recorded from odd sites in all five vice-counties but fairly common where it does occur. Known as a species of grassy uplands (SLS pers. comm.), it seems to be absent or rare on some moorland sites where it would be expected to occur, such as the Sheffield Moors (Garland, 1979) and Wharfedale area (WNS). Map 120 in MBGBI 10 also shows it to be absent from all but the south of the North York Moors, however we do have records scattered over much of this area.

2012 (CHF): Still quite widespread across the county but a little local in places and not at all common in VC63. Most common at Spurn and in scattered damp upland areas. The 1989 comments are still mainly true and although there are now several records from Wharfedale, it is still rare on the Sheffield moors.

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