Smoky Wainscot - Mythimna impura


Wingspan 31-38 mm. Named after the dusky or smoky suffusion on the hindwing.

Identification difficulty

Downland, sand dunes and rough grassy areas.

When to see it

It flies from June to August, sometimes later in the south as a partial second brood.

Life History

The larval foodplants are mainly grasses.

UK Status

This is a fairly common species over most of the British Isles. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

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

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

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