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Fen Wainscot
Arenostola phragmitidis

(Hübner, 1803) 2377 / 73.137

Morley's Final Catalogue: Locally abundant in marshes. Brantham in August 1889 (Bucknell); a few at light in Ipswich during 1895 (Pyett); in some plenty at Hemley in 1901 (Wlr); Southwold (Ctwell); Lowestoft (Boyd); Fritton (Trans. ii, p. clxxxvii); Beccles (l.c., p.293; Crowfoot), Fritton (Wiltshire). Tuddenham in 1900 (Sparke); larvae common at Ampton and West Stow in 1909 (Nurse).

Recent Suffolk status: Very common along the coast. Local inland.

Life history: Single-brooded. Has been seen flying over reedbeds at dusk as well as coming to light in the county. A few larval records also noted.

Identification: Unmistakeable.

Habitat: Reedbeds, fens, marshes. Regularly wanders away from these habitats when it can turn up in gardens.

Recorded in 46 (79%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1889.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
24/08/2023125TM58 - Carlton Colville/Kessingland
16/08/2023125TM35 - Snape/Tunstall
13/08/2023125TM45 - Aldeburgh/Orford
13/08/2023125TM38 - Bungay/Rumburgh
11/08/2023+25TM14 - Ipswich
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Forewing: 14-16mm.
Flight: One generation July-Aug.
Foodplant:   Common Reed
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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