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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Abundant and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 14-18mm.

Foodplant: Grasses.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18741883188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records9457297323094397932
Number of individuals78143129117000268986575
Unique positions21822326627467
Unique locations21221125628461
Adult records9372292321724236925
Immature records291001

For the county, we have a total of 20068 records from 1024 sites. First recorded in 1874.


73.293 Smoky Wainscot 02 face pattern
© Charles Fletcher, 21 Jul 2007
73.293 Smoky Wainscot 01
© Charles Fletcher, 21 Jul 2007

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: One of the most generally distributed and common moths in Yorkshire, although never approaching the abundance levels of N. pronuba (Linnaeus). Recorded throughout all five vice-counties.

2012 (CHF): Common and widespread across the whole county particularly in grassy areas. A small second generation has become more noticeable in recent years but beware second generation Common Wainscots which can have slightly smoky hindwings.

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