The Moths of Suffolk
2350 Small Wainscot, Chortodes pygmina, (Haworth, 1809)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Fens, marshes and wet woodland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late July to September

Larval foodplants : Sedges

Morley's Final Catalogue : Common enough, though not often noted. Belstead in 1897 (Hkg); Ipswich marshes in 1894 and Foxhall in 1903 (Mly); Bosmere in Needham Market (Ml); Bury, Tuddenham, Newmarket; Beccles (Crf), Fritton in 1934 (Mr).

Wingspan details : Forewing 10-14mm, Wingspan 23-29mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultCloaked Minor, Mesoligia furuncula
Concolorous, Chortodes extrema
Mere Wainscot, Chortodes fluxa
Porter's Rustic, Proxenus hospes

Compare confusion species
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Minsmere, Suffolk (23.vii.2005) © Lee Gregory

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Minsmere, Suffolk (23.vii.2005) © Lee Gregory
North cove, Suffolk (vii.2005) © Neil Sherman
Dunwich, Suffolk (7.viii.2012) © Paul Kitchener
 
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Carlton Marshes, Suffolk (31.vii.2015) © Neil Sherman
Dunwich, Suffolk (30.viii.2018) © Paul Kitchener