The Moths of Suffolk
2205 Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Mythimna comma, (Linnaeus, 1761)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Heathland, scrub, grassland, fens and open woodland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late May to mid-August

Larval foodplants : Various grasses

Morley's Final Catalogue : Locally abundant in marshes. Brantham, Ipswich, Needham, Aldeburgh, Beccles, Tuddenham: ante 1890. Copdock (Hkg); not common about Ipswich in 1895 (Mly), but "abundant among reeds " by the Gipping there in 1898 (Platten). Waldringfield, abundant at sugar in June 1899, though usually scarce (Wlr). Burgh Castle and Gorleston (Mr). Cavenham in 1936 (Gd).

Wingspan details : Forewing 16-19mm, Wingspan 35-42mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultSmoky Wainscot, Mythimna impura
L-album Wainscot, Mythimna l-album
Obscure Wainscot, Mythimna obsoleta
Devonshire Wainscot, Mythimna putrescens

Compare confusion species
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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2002) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye, Suffolk (6.vi.2009) © Paul Kitchener
Hinderclay Fen, Suffolk (1.vii.2006) © A Prichard
Bawdsey, Suffolk (6.vi.2009) © Matthew Deans
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (6.vi.2012) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (6.vi.2012) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (15.vi.2017) © Paul Kitchener