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Lyme Grass
Longalatedes elymi (Treitschke, 1825)
Noctuidae: Xyleninae
2348 / 73.138
Photo © Antony Wren,  Lowestoft, Suffolk 25.6.19

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Obscure Wainscot
Leucania obsoleta
Forewing: 15-18mm.
Flight: One generation June-Aug.
Foodplant:   Lyme-grass.
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Nationally Scarce
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
Status
Morley's Final Catalogue: The grass, Elymus arenarius, L., was known to Hind only from Thorp to Corton. This Noctua was locally common in 1903 at Kessingland (EMM. 1904, 80), where a few had first been discovered in Suffolk flying over flowers in June 1890, with one at light and others sitting at dusk on grasses at Lowestoft denes (Ctw). Gorleston in July 1929 (Mr); and Hopton in both 1929 and 1932 (Trans. ii, 87).

Recent Suffolk status: Very local along the coast, mainly between Aldeburgh and Lowestoft. Also found at Landguard, Felixstowe.

Life history: Single-brooded.

Identification: Obscure wainscot has a broader and more pointed forewing.

Habitat: Coastal sand dunes.

Recorded in 10 (17%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1890.
Last Recorded in 2024.
Additional Stats

Latest 10 Records
Date#VC10kArea
27/06/2024125TM57Southwold
08/07/2023125TM57Southwold
12/07/2022125TM59Lowestoft
16/06/2022125TM59Lowestoft
12/08/2021125TM58Carlton Colville/Kessingland
12/07/2021125TM59Lowestoft
03/07/2020125TM58Carlton Colville/Kessingland
19/06/2020125TM57Southwold
13/06/2020125TG50Gorleston
30/05/2020125TM59Lowestoft
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