Noctuidae : Hadeninae
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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

An uncommon species in the south and east.

A species of reed-beds, fens, marshes, riverbanks, margins of lakes and ponds - all places where Common Reed flourishes.

Overwinters as a fully-grown larva in a reed stem and adults come to light and to sugar.

Note Smoky and Common Wainscots lack the terminal row of small black dots on the forewing. Unlike Common and Smoky the central vein is white for its entire length and comes to a white point. Those two species also have a small central dot which Obscure lacks.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 25 (18%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1994.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 15-18mm
Flight: May - July
Foodplant:   Common Reed
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
26/07/20192VC37 - WorcestershireSO96
11/07/20191VC37 - WorcestershireSO85
09/07/20191VC36 - HerefordshireSO53
05/07/20191VC37 - WorcestershireSO94
28/06/20191VC36 - HerefordshireSO55

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