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Southern Wainscot
Mythimna straminea
Smoky Wainscot
Mythimna impura
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Obscure Wainscot
Leucania obsoleta

(Hübner, 1803) 2204 / 73.302
=Mythimna obsoleta

Morley's Final Catalogue: One at Lowestoft in 1903 by A. E. Tonge (EMM. 1904, 80). One at Hemley in 1908 (Wlr). Tuddenham Fen about 1900, captured by the late E. J. G. Sparke (in coll. Morley).

Recent Suffolk Status: Very scarce resident and possible immigrant/wanderer. Very few records and not noted every year until 2018, when numbers increased with regular records at some reedbed sites suggesting colonization may have taken place.

Life history: Single-brooded.

Identification: Obscure wainscot has very obvious whitish veins and a small white spot on the forewing. Southern wainscot lacks these and has an incomplete row of black dots. Smoky wainscot normally has a darker stripe of scales down the middle of the forewing.

Habitat: Reedbeds, fens, pond and lake margins with reed.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 15 (26%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1900.
Last Recorded in 2024.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
23/06/2024125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
03/07/2023125TM47 - Blythburgh/Dunwich
01/07/2023125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
27/06/2023125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
24/06/2023126TM07 - Thelnetham/Redgrave
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Forewing: 15-18mm.
Flight: One generation May-July.
Foodplant:   Common Reed
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2024. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024
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