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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Sep.

Forewing: 20-24mm.

Foodplant: Bulrush and Lesser Bulrush.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831883184718832000
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records3349519616631
Number of individuals3189418223537
Unique positions573264516
Unique locations653264536
Adult records3279317015431
Immature records40310

For the county, we have a total of 822 records from 220 sites. First recorded in 1847.


73.116 Bulrush Wainscot 05
© David Aitken
73.116 Bulrush Wainscot 04
© Andy Nunn
73.116 Bulrush Wainscot 03 pupal exuvia
© Derek Parkinson, 1 Mar 2013
73.116 Bulrush Wainscot 02
© Charles Fletcher, 13 Sep 2002
73.116 Bulrush Wainscot 01
© Terry Box, 13 Aug 2011

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Local and not often recorded but probably present in many areas where reedmace grows.

Argus 47, 2001-04:
VC65. Hutton Conyers, 29.9.2000 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): The relief map shows clearly that this is a moth of lowland Yorkshire where it is recorded widely wherever reedmace (Typha) grows. It is well known for wandering and can turn up in areas far from suitable habitat. Numbers are healthy and have grown since the mid 1990s though it is usually trapped in small numbers.

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