Twin-spotted Wainscot - Lenisa geminipuncta

Alternative names
Archanara 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.

Identification difficulty

This is a species that favours reed beds where the larval foodplant is found i.e. Common Reed (Phragmites australis).

When to see it

It flies in August and September and can be attracted in small numbers to light.

Life History

The caterpillar feeds in the stems of Common Reed (Phragmites australis).

UK Status

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.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).

73.139 BF2370

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map