Noctuidae: Hadeninae

2199 (ABH73.291) Common Wainscot Mythimna pallens, (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Whitelye, Gwent
Whitelye, Gwent
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Hemingford Grey, Sept 2005
Hemingford Grey, Sept 2005
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies


General Information

Pupates in loose soil.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a larva.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.

Forewing length: 14-17mm.
Foodplant(s): Tufted Hair-grass (Deschampsia cespitosa), Annual Meadow-grass (Poa annua), Common Couch (Elytrigia repens), Cock's-foot (Dactylis glomerata), grasses
Flying: Two generations, June-July and August-October
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Habitat

Grassland, heathand, open woodland, fens, scrub and gardens.

Regional Information

Recorded in 145 (53.7%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in October 2018

Recorded date range (Adult): 26 April to 21 October

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 28 June to 05 July

Similar Species
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Southern Wainscot Mythimna straminea
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Smoky Wainscot Mythimna impura
Mathew's Wainscot Mythimna favicolor


Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Smooth
Colours:
Brown, yellow, grey, white, orange, black
No. of Proleg Pairs:
5