Noctuidae : Hadeninae
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Southern Wainscot
Mythimna straminea

(Treitschke, 1825) 2197 / 73.294

Davey, P., 2009: A local species in south-east Britain, the larva feeding nocturnally on common reed (Phragmites australis) and reed canary-grass (Phalaris arundinacea), and hiding by day in old hollow reed stems or amongst reed litter. In Dorset, the moth is frequent amongst common reed growing along the coast in shallow water, in brackish estuaries and on wet clay cliffs; it also colonises fens inland in the Poole Basin. Occasionally, dispersed singletons are observed some distance from reed... Read More

Recorded in 26 (65%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1935.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 14-18mm
Flight: June - August
Foodplant:   Common Reed and Reed Canary-grass
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
01/09/201919SY39 Lyme Regis
31/08/2019+9SY58 Abbotsbury
20/08/201929SY98 Wareham
18/08/201919SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown
12/08/201919SY98 Wareham

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