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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Aug-Oct.

Forewing: 16-23mm.

Foodplant: Common Reed.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18791883188318831976
Year last recorded20142014201420142013
Number of records281420021117528
Number of individuals930822149136229
Unique positions983956418
Unique locations1064055438
Adult records279619519016128
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 3428 records from 252 sites. First recorded in 1879.


73.134 Large Wainscot 06
© Terry Box, 20 Sep 2020
73.134 Large Wainscot 05
© Andy Nunn
73.134 Large Wainscot 04
© Paul Kipling, 1 Oct 2011
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© Charles Fletcher, 1 Oct 2002
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© Damian Money
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© Terry Box, 29 Sep 2011

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Sparsely recorded across the County but does not often appear to be common. Wanderers are sometimes found well away from common reed, on which the larva feeds.

2012 (CHF): Doing well in the county with increased records recently though numbers tend to fluctuate. Fairly common late in the year wherever common reed grows and often wandering to other areas such as gardens. Uncommon in the north and west on the higher ground.

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