The Moths of Suffolk
2349 Mere Wainscot, Chortodes fluxa, (Hübner, 1809)

National Status : Notable Nb

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Open areas in woodland, fens, marshes, reed-beds and ditch-banks

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-June to August

Larval foodplants : Wood Small-reed

Morley's Final Catalogue : Suffolk to Lincoln in fens, local. Six in Mildenhall marshes on 11 July 1937 (Gd). larvae in stems of reed, Phragmites, in May (Meyrick). I thought it fed in species of Calamagrostis reeds in damp woods (Wiltshire).

Wingspan details : Forewing 12-15mm, Wingspan 26-30mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultConcolorous, Chortodes extrema
Small Wainscot, Chortodes pygmina

Compare confusion species
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Barnhamcross Common, Suffolk (2.vii.2010) © A Prichard

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire (5.vii.2006) © Stuart Read
Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire (5.vii.2006) © Stuart Read
Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire (5.vii.2006) © Stuart Read
 
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Lakenheath Fen, Suffolk (3.vii.2009) © A Prichard
Elveden, Thetford Forest, Suffolk (9.vii.2011) © Neil Sherman
Maidscross Hill, Lakenheath, Suffolk (30.viii.2013) © Neil Sherman