The Moths of Suffolk
2198 Smoky Wainscot, Mythimna impura, (Hübner, 1808)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and abundant

Habitats : Grassland, scrub, fens, heathland, open woodland and gardens

Flight Period : Usually single-brooded; mid-May to September

Larval foodplants : Various grasses

Morley's Final Catalogue : Doubtless abundant throughout the County, as it certainly is at Ipswich, Monks Soham, Beccles and Gorleston.

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-18mm, Wingspan 31-38mm


Confusion species
    AdultSouthern Wainscot, Mythimna straminea
Common Wainscot, Mythimna pallens

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Dorset ( © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
12 100 33 6

Life history chart
larva larva larva larva larvapupa imago imago ovaimago larva larva larva larva

Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk ( © Neil Sherman
Found at night feeding on Saltmarsh grass - Bawdsey Quay, Suffolk (5.v.2013) © Neil Sherman