Chilo phragmitella

Alternative names
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).

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

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