The Moths of Suffolk
2372 White-mantled Wainscot, Archanara neurica, (Hübner, 1808)

National Status : RDB

Local Status : Resident (endemic) (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local, restricted to the coastal reed-beds between Thorpeness and Benacre

Habitats : Drier parts of reed-beds, reed-lined ditches

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-July to late August, most numerous in July and early August

Larval foodplants : Common Reed

Records : Single inland record at Darsham (A Watchman, 3.viii.1990)

Morley's Final Catalogue : North Cove marshes of the Waveney, at light on 13 September 1932 (Mly); Dunwich and Walberswick (Btn), Covehithe in 1936 (Gd). Doubtless much confused with the next kind.

Wingspan details : Forewing 12-13mm, Wingspan 26-29mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultBrown-veined Wainscot, Archanara dissoluta

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2007) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Westwood Marshes, Suffolk (27.vii.2001) © A Prichard
Minsmere, Suffolk (23.vii.2005) © M Deans
Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2007) © Neil Sherman
 
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Close up of head showing White 'mantle' - Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2007) © Neil Sherman
Aldeburgh, Suffolk (25.vii.2015) © Neil Sherman