The Moths of Suffolk
2202 L-album Wainscot, Mythimna l-album, (Linnaeus, 1767)

National Status : Notable Nb

Local Status : Resident, recent colonist (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Recorded from coastal areas and other inland areas recently in a variety of habitats

Habitats : Coastal rough grassland

Flight Period : Double-brooded; July and mid-September to late October. Suffolk records are predominantly second-brood

Larval foodplants : Marram grass

Comments : A recent colonist in the county. From 2000 onwards it started appearing at several coastal sites. From 2005 onwards it appears to have reached the west side of Ipswich and is can be a common moth in the south-east of the county.

Morley's Final Catalogue : Not known then in Suffolk

Wingspan details : Forewing 15-16mm, Wingspan 34-40mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultObscure Wainscot, Mythimna obsoleta
Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Mythimna comma
Devonshire Wainscot, Mythimna putrescens

Compare confusion species
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Bawdsey, Suffolk (10.vi.2009) © Matthew Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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larval diapause larval diapause larva larva larva pupa ovaimago larva pupaimago ovalarval diapauseimago larval diapause larval diapause

Further Photographs

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Bawdsey (12.ix.2004) © M Deans
Portland (28.ix.2003) © L Gregory
Bawdsey, Suffolk (x.2005) © M Deans
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2007) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2008) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (24.vi.2009) © A Prichard
 
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One of two trapped - Bradwell, Suffolk (30.ix.2011) © Keith Knights
Ipswich, Suffolk (23.ix.2015) © Neil Sherman