The Moths of Suffolk
2351 Fenn's Wainscot, Chortodes brevilinea, (Fenn, 1864)

National Status : RDB

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce, restricted to the reed-beds between Minsmere and Benacre

Habitats : Reed-beds, in the drier parts

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

Larval foodplants : Common Reed

Morley's Final Catalogue : Discovered new to Suffolk at light beside Fritton Lake in August 1933 (Mly, Doughty, Moore: Trans. ii, p. cii). ; again there in 1934; and two by Jackson at Barnby in August 1935. Hitherto confined, in the world, to Norfolk Broads (EMM. 1900, p. 278).

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-17mm, Wingspan 30-38mm


Confusion species
    AdultBrown-veined Wainscot, Archanara dissoluta
Webb's Wainscot, Archanara sparganii
Rush Wainscot, Archanara algae

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Dunwich, Suffolk (16.viii.2005) © Lee Gregory

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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Walberswick (27.vii.2001) © A Prichard
Kessingland, Suffolk (16.viii.2006) © A Prichard
Dunwich, Suffolk (9.viii.2012) © Paul Kitchener
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Dunwich forest, Suffolk (16.viii.2013) © Neil Sherman