The Moths of Suffolk
2377 Fen Wainscot, Arenostola phragmitidis, (Hübner, 1803)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Reasonably widespread and frequent in suitable habitats

Habitats : Reed-beds, although has a tendency to wander

Flight Period : Single-brooded; July to August

Larval foodplants : Common Reed

Morley's Final Catalogue : Locally abundant in marshes. Brantham in August 1889 (Buckell) ; a few at light in Ipswich during 1895 (Pyett); in some plenty at Hemley in 1901 (Wlr); Southwold (Ctwell); Lowestoft (Boyd); Fritton (Trans. ii, p. clxxxvii) ; Beccles (l.c., p. 293 ; Crowfoot), Fritton (Wiltshire). Tuddenham in 1900 (Sparke); larvae common at Ampton and West Stow in 1909 (Nurse).

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-16mm, Wingspan 32-36mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Redgrave Fen, Suffolk (18.vii.2009) © A Prichard

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye (31.vii.2000) © Paul Kitchener
Redgrave Fen, Suffolk (18.vii.2009) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2010) © Neil Sherman