Noctuidae: Xyleninae

2374 (ABH73.152) Rush Wainscot Archanara algae, (Esper, 1788)



General Information

Pupates in a stem of the food plant.

Overwinters as Overwinters as an egg.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.

Forewing length: 14-18mm.
Foodplant(s): Reedmace (Typha latifolia), Lesser Reedmace (Typha angustifolia), Common Club-rush (Schoenoplectus lacustris), Yellow Iris (Iris pseudacorus)
Flying: One generation, August-September
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Red Data Book


The edges of broads, lakes and gravel pits.

Regional Information

Recorded in 7 (2.6%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in July 2009

Recorded date range (Adult): 26 July to 27 September

Similar Species
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Webb's Wainscot Globia sparganii (=Archanara)

Red Data Book

Larva Type:
Green, yellow, brown, black, orange
No. of Proleg Pairs: