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73.136 (BF2369)

Bulrush Wainscot   

Nonagria typhae
Adult: 2
Resident. Scarce.


The small blackish dashes with fine arrowheads close to the outer edge of the large broad forewing should aid identification.

Recording Method.

Attracted to light.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as an egg. Larva are found from April to early August.

Bulrush Wainscot is highly dispersive and can be found far from breeding areas. The adult does not feed.

Larval foodplants



Margins of lochs, ponds and ditches, fens and marshes.


The first record for the region came in 1951 when one was caught at Tynron (VC72) on 28th August (Duncan & Cunningham 1952). From 1974-79 it was caught annually at the Gatehouse-of-Fleet Rothamsted station, these being the first records for Kirkcudbrightshire (VC73). The first for Wigtownshire (VC74) was at Aird in 1975.

In July 1982 at the Scottish Entomologists’ gathering at Barony College (VC72) it was trapped again, but it was 1990 before another was found, in Wigtownshire, when it was found at Portpatrick in August. Further records followed from 1995-2006 from Glendow, Powfoot, Kirkton and Caerlaverock WWT (all VC72) and Meikle Kirkland, Auchencairn, Edingham and Abbey Burn Foot (VC73).

72 record(s) from 21 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2021 2022 2022

 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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