Twin-spotted Wainscot - Lenisa geminipuncta
Wingspan 27 to 32 mm. The forewing is quite broad and blunt. The shade of brown in the ground colour is variable and the kidney mark is often divided into twin spots.
This is a species that favours reed beds where the larval foodplant is found i.e. Common Reed (Phragmites australis).
It flies in August and September and can be attracted in small numbers to light.
The caterpillar feeds in the stems of Common Reed (Phragmites australis).
Its stronghold is in southern England and south Wales where it can be fairly common but it is very local elsewhere. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.
Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).
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