Chilo phragmitella

    Alt Name
    Reed Veneer

    Wingspan 24 to 40 mm. A sexually dimorphic species, with the females paler in colour and generally larger than the males. Both sexes have distinctively long labial palps.

    Identification difficulty

    It occupies fens and other wet places where large reedbeds occur.

    When to see it

    Flies in June and July.

    Life History

    The whitish caterpillars feed inside the stems of common reed and reed sweet-grass.

    UK Status

    Found mainly in England and Wales. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).

    63.077 BF1290

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map