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73.294 (BF2197)

Southern Wainscot   

Mythimna straminea
Adult: 2
Resident. Rare.


Care required to separate from other ‘wainscots’, particularly Smoky Wainscot.  One key feature is the pale band across the forehead.

Recording Method.

Attracted to light, also comes to sugar and flowers.

Life cycle

Overwinters as a small larva during August to early June, feeding by night and hiding by day in old reed stems or leaf litter.

Larval foodplants

Common Reed and Reed Canary-grass.


Marshes, fens and water ditches.


During the latter half of July 1996 two were caught at Caerlaverock WWT. One was trapped at Auchencairn (VC73) in early September 2003.

It was possibly overlooked on the Solway coast.

43 record(s) from 9 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2022 2019

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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