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  73.291 COMMON WAINSCOT (Mythimna pallens) Linnaeus  

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PICTURE: Caught at light in my garden in Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, August 2010.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: This moth is a common, and widely distributed resident over most of the British Isles. There is a reddish form of this mot (ab. ectypa) which appears through out its range, but most frequently in the second annual generation.

 

WING SPAN: 32mm to 40mm.                                   STATUS: Resident.

 

FLIGHT PERIOD: This species is double brooded in the south, and is on the wing from July to October, the two generations over lapping. In the north it is single brooded and flies from mid July to September. After dark they come to light, sugar and visit various flowers and grasses.

 

LARVAL PERIOD: Caterpillars can be found in July and August, and again from  September to May of the following year. Pupation takes place in sub-terranean cocoons in August, and May of the following spring.

 

HABITAT: Habitats for these moths are grassy places and these include waste ground, gardens, parks, grassy road side verges, disused railway lines, meadows and commons.

FOOD PLANT/S: The food plants for these larvae are Annual Meadow-grass, Cocksfoot, Couch and probably other wild grasses.                                             

SIMILAR SPECIES: The Smoky, Mathew's and Southern Wainscots all have similarities.

           
               
             
               
             
 

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