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2199 ~ Common Wainscot ~ Mythimna pallens
UK Status

Resident. Common

Montgomeryshire Status

A fairly common species throughout the county, but only ever recorded in low numbers.

Wingspan :  M & F, 32-40mm.

Confusion species

Smoky Wainscot, Mathew's Wainscot and Southern Wainscot.

Flight time (Montgomeryshire)


All types of grassland.


Many grasses including, cock's-foot, tufted hair-grass, common couch and annual-meadow grass.

Lifestage data

Overwinters as a small larva low down amongst the grasses. Larva June-August and September-May.
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Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MDH, 19th Sept 2009, Llanfyllin