73.137 (2377) Fen Wainscot Arenostola phragmitidis (Hübner, [1803])

Status
Resident. Local.
 
Flight period
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History
The Fen Wainscot was first discovered in Scotland on 2nd August 2003 at Auchencairn (VC73), and has been trapped during the following years (2004-10) at the same site adjacent to the bay.
 
Also, in 2010, it was trapped on the the other side of Auchencairn Bay, at Old Torr on three separate occasions from late July to early August, confirming the foothold this species has established in Kirkcudbrightshire.
 
Currently (2011) the nearest site is north Lancashire.

Form ab. rufescens Tutt
One of these reddish forms was caught on the Torr peninsula on26th July 2011.

Life cycle
Overwinters as an egg. Larvae present during April to late June, feeding inside the stems, with pupation in leaf litter on the ground.
 
Larval foodplants
Common Reed.
 
Identification
Unmistakeable, with plain wings and coffee-coloured fringes.
 
Habitat
Reedbeds, but can wander into gardens.
 
Recorders' notes
Please send in all records with full data.
© Peter Norman. Auchencairn, July 2010

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