Large Wainscot - Rhizedra lutosa


Wingspan 42 to 50 mm. This is a larger moth than the similar Common Wainscot and often has a more sooty appearance with numerous tiny black dust like spots. Ranges in ground colour from pale beige to a more pinky shade.

Identification difficulty

Frequents reed-beds and riversides.

When to see it

The adults are readily attracted to light and are on the wing from August to October.

Life History

The larvae feed in the bases of stems and the roots of common reed (Phragmites australis).

UK Status

This is a fairly common species in much of England, especially in the south and east. Further north and west it becomes more local, ranging into southern Scotland. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular 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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