Silky Wainscot - Chilodes maritima

Alternative names
Chilodes maritimus

Wingspan 29 to 36 mm. A rather unusual species, which has a number of distinctive forms, and can resemble some of the Pyralidae.

Identification difficulty

It may be found in reedbeds containing Common Reed.

When to see it

It is readily attracted to light and flies from June to August.

Life History

The larvae are partially carnivorous, feeding on insects, including pupae of other wainscots, internally within the stems of Common Reed.

UK Status

Distributed locally in the south and south-east of England, with scattered colonies elsewhere in Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

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

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