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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: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 14-18mm.

Foodplant: Common Reed and Reed Canary-grass.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19291976197119692007
Year last recorded20142014201420142012
Number of records848141561757
Number of individuals123413649106310
Unique positions57631183
Unique locations58626173
Adult records839141511737
Immature records20000

For the county, we have a total of 1200 records from 110 sites. First recorded in 1929.


73.294 Southern Wainscot 08
© Andy Nunn
73.294 Southern Wainscot 07
© Jill Warwick
73.294 Southern Wainscot 06
© Jill Warwick
73.294 Southern Wainscot 05
© Ian Marshall, 27 July 2008
73.294 Southern Wainscot 04 face pattern
© Charles Fletcher, 18 Jul 2007
73.294 Southern Wainscot 03
© Charles Fletcher, 18 Jul 2007
73.294 Southern Wainscot 02 with Smoky Wainscot
© Terry Box, 3 Jul 2011
73.294 Southern Wainscot 01
© Terry Box, 3 Jul 2011

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: First found in Yorkshire at Askham Bog (VC64) in 1950 then at Skipwith (VC61) (YNU, 1970), this species has now been found in several other localities in the County. Yorkshire is at the northern limit of its range (Skinner, 1984), so it will be interesting to see whether it continues to expand within the County.

Argus 54, 2007:
VC65. Hutton Conyers, 23 & 31.7.2007 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): This species has spread further across the county as far north as Teesside which is the northern limit on the east side of the country. Numbers are still growing with a peak of 156 records in 2011. More than half of the county records are from Spurn though the biggest concentrations are from inland wetland sites. Look for the characteristic "headband" (a dark line flanked by two paler lines) when viewed from the front (see photos) which is not shared with other confusion species such as Smoky Wainscot.

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