Noctuidae: Hadeninae

2204 (ABH73.302) Obscure Wainscot Leucania obsoleta (=Mythimna), (Hübner, [1803])

KR10010

 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Obscure Wainscot
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards


General Information

Pupates inside a dead reed stem.

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

Forewing length: 18-20mm.
Foodplant(s): Common Reed (Phragmites australis)
Flying: One generation, mid May-mid July
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Local

Habitat

Reedbeds, fens, marshes, riversides, estuaries and reedy margins of ponds and lakes.

Regional Information

Recorded in 21 (7.8%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in June 2018

Recorded date range (Adult): 25 May to 02 August

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