Noctuidae : Hadeninae
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Photo © David Hunt,  Harpenden, Hertfordshire (30/06/24)

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Southern Wainscot
Mythimna straminea
Smoky Wainscot
Mythimna impura
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Obscure Wainscot
Leucania obsoleta

(Hübner, 1803) 2204 / 73.302
=Mythimna obsoleta

General comments:
Very local resident.

Confusion is possible with Southern Wainscot; beginners should have specimens verified. In Foster's 1937 Hertfordshire list, there was just one county record (Wilstone Reservoir, 'larvae common in September'). The species persists here in 2022, though there are rather few records. A female at light in Totteridge on 6th July 1969 was the only one there from 1954 to 1980 (Ian Lorimer) and so probably a vagrant from elsewhere; but this site was a garden - not a wetland. These older reports suggest a rare moth - but then almost nobody was at that period recording moths in wetlands. The spread of current records suggests strongly that the species has always been in our area, at what we perceive to be low density but which in reality has probably been a perfect balance. It is probably under-recorded in some parts of our area.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 24 (59%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1960.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
12/07/2023121TQ28 - Hendon / Hampstead / Camden
11/07/2023121TQ28 - Hendon / Hampstead / Camden
08/07/2023121TQ17 - Brentford / Hounslow / Richmond
08/07/2023120TQ09 - Watford / Rickmansworth
07/07/2023120TL42 - Bishop's Stortford (N)
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Forewing: 15-18mm.
Flight: One generation May-July.
Foodplant:   Common Reed
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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