Common Wainscot - Mythimna pallens


Wingspan 30-35 mm. With a similar distribution to the Smoky Wainscot (M. impura). The two moths show some variation and can resemble one another, but this species generally has much cleaner whitish hindwings.

Identification difficulty

Grassland, woodland rides and gardens.

When to see it

In the south there are two generations, flying from May to October; further north there is just one, in July and August.

Life History

Grasses make up the larval foodplants.

UK Status

Occurring over much of Britain, this is a common species. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map