The Moths of Suffolk
2391 Silky Wainscot, Chilodes maritimus, (Tauscher, 1806)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Coastal and Breckland, not uncommon

Habitats : Reed-beds, fens and other areas where reed is prevalent

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to late August

Larval foodplants : Omnivorous; living and dead invertebrates and inner tissue of dead Common Reed

Morley's Final Catalogue : Taken in a garden in Suffolk, end of June (Curtis fol. cci; Ste. Illust. 1834, 298: probably on the coast at Covehithe about 1825.-Ed.) One at Ipswich by Tim Last (Entom. 1867, p. 189). Hemley in 1902 by Rev. A. P. Waller (EMM.1902, 247), including the forms Wismarensis and bipunctata, also at Waldringfield up to 1933. Lowestoft in 1903 (l.c. 1904, 80-81); Reydon in 1934 (Baker); Walberswick in 1935 (Btn); Herringfleet marshes 1936.

Wingspan details : Forewing 13-15mm, Wingspan 29-36mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultBrown-veined Wainscot, Archanara dissoluta

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2005) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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New Forest (29.vi.2000) © Paul Kitchener
Minsmere, Suffolk (23.vii.2005) © M Deans
Minsmere, Suffolk (23.vii.2005) © M Deans
 
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Minsmere, Suffolk (23.vii.2005) © M Deans
(1st site record) - Woolpit, Suffolk (25.vii.2012) © P. Bryant
f. bipunctata - Aldeburgh, Suffolk (17.viii.2012) © Neil Sherman