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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: Two generations, Jun-Jul, Aug-Oct.

Forewing: 14-17mm.

Foodplant: Grasses.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19291930194018861946
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records80802312172427811021
Number of individuals2723179273903124774292
Unique positions20115421920747
Unique locations20315421721943
Adult records80062254164926541011
Immature records213001

For the county, we have a total of 15918 records from 836 sites. First recorded in 1886.


73.291 Common Wainscot 03
© Nick Lawman
73.291 Common Wainscot 02
© Andy Nunn
73.291 Common Wainscot 01
© Charles Fletcher, 2 Sep 2005

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely distributed and usually common in all five vice-counties. However in one area of Rotherham numbers are reported to have fallen steadily since the mid 1940s and it is commented that the larvae and foodplants are similar to those of M. impura (Hubner) which has shown no signs of decreasing over the same period (Barringer & Ely, 1979).

2012 (CHF): Common and widespread across all of the county in good numbers. From about 1994 a second brood has grown and now in most years outnumbers the first. The broods overlap with peaks in July and September.

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