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Obscure Wainscot
Leucania obsoleta (Hübner, 1803)
Noctuidae: Hadeninae
2204 / 73.302
Photo © Peter Hall,  Bromyard Downs

Similar West Midlands Species
Southern Wainscot
Mythimna straminea
Smoky Wainscot
Mythimna impura
Forewing: 15-18mm
Flight: May - July
Foodplant:   Common Reed
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3

An uncommon species in the south and east that is spreading nortwards.

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 34 (24%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1994.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
11/07/2022139SO99 - Tipton/Wolverhampton
11/07/2022237SP06 - Redditch
06/07/2022137SO94 - Pershore
27/06/2022137SO87 - Kidderminster
25/06/2022137SO74 - Colwall & Malvern Hills AONB
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