The Moths of Suffolk
2375 Large Wainscot, Rhizedra lutosa, (Hübner, 1803)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Reasonably widespread and common

Habitats : Reedbeds and reedy ditches, preferring the drier parts

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

Larval foodplants : Common Reed

Comments : A species known to wander from its usual habitats and appear at light, often in garden traps

Morley's Final Catalogue : A great deal commoner than formerly, or was formerly supposed. Copdock Rectory at light, and Belstead (Hkg) ; somewhat common at light in Ipswich (Mly, Baylis, Pyett); Martlesham (D) and Hemley (Wlr); Southwold, bred from pupa found loose on denes, and Monks Soham at light, Brandon (Mly), Bury (Skepper). Bungay (Mn), Fritton (Mr), Lowestoft (Btn), Gorleston cliff (D).

Wingspan details : Forewing 16-23mm, Wingspan 36-52mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultScarce Arches, Luperina zollikoferi
Bulrush Wainscot, Nonagria typhae
Rush Wainscot, Archanara algae
Blair's Wainscot, Sedina buettneri

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    Adult

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Orfordness (24.viii.2002) © M Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2003) © N Sherman
Eye, Suffolk (10.x.2006) © Paul Kitchener
VC25, Gorleston, Suffolk (27.ix.2010) © Brian Jones
 
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one of 26 trapped this night - Bradwell, Suffolk (1.x.2011) © Keith Knights
Female - Ipswich, Suffolk (19.ix.2011) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (10.x.2015) © Neil Sherman
 
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Big female with forewing length of 27mm - Ipswich, Suffolk (10.x.2017) © Paul Kitchener