The Moths of Suffolk
2369 Bulrush Wainscot, Nonagria typhae, (Thunberg, 1784)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Reasonably widespread but mainly found in eastern fens and northern river valleys

Habitats : Fens, marshes, ponds, lakes and ditches

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late July to September

Larval foodplants : Bulrush, Lesser Bulrush

Morley's Final Catalogue : Somewhat common throughout the County; larvae in reed-stems. Ipswich, at light in 1894 (Pyett); and a few at Hemley (Wlr). Tyrer seems to have found it commonly about Eye (cf. Ent. Wk. Intell. vi, 1859, 159 & 184). Bred freely in 1931 from Beccles reed-beds, to north of river (Mr, D).

Wingspan details : Forewing 20-24mm, Wingspan 40-54mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultScarce Arches, Luperina zollikoferi
Webb's Wainscot, Archanara sparganii
Large Wainscot, Rhizedra lutosa

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Kent (vii.2003) © M Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2005) © Neil Sherman
Pupa in Reedmace stem - Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2005) © Neil Sherman
Tenated Reedmace stem - Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2005) © Neil Sherman
 
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Tenated Reedmace stem - Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2005) © Neil Sherman
Larva in stem - Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2006) © Neil Sherman
Frass exuding from feeding area - Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2006) © Neil Sherman
 
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Redgrave Fen, Suffolk (18.vii.2009) © A Prichard
Norfolk (12.viii.2009) © Lee Gregory
Ipswich, Suffolk (18.viii.2012) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (23.viii.2015) © Neil Sherman