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Small Wainscot
Denticucullus pygmina

(Haworth, 1809) 2350 / 73.144
=Chortodes pygmina
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Yorkshire Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Only recorded from odd sites in all five vice-counties but fairly common where it does occur. Known as a species of grassy uplands (SLS pers. comm.), it seems to be absent or rare on some moorland sites where it would be expected to occur, such as the Sheffield Moors (Garland, 1979) and Wharfedale area (WNS). Map 120 in MBGBI 10 also shows it to be absent from all but the south of the North York Moors, however we do have records scattered over much of this area.

2012 (CHF): Still quite widespread across the county but a little local in places and not at all common in VC63. Most common at Spurn and in scattered damp upland areas. The 1989 comments are still mainly true and although there are now several records from Wharfedale, it is still rare on the Sheffield moors.

Argus 78, 2016: A slightly better year for this reed bed specialist but still only scattered records. It has now been recorded in all five vice-counties.

VC65. Nosterfield reed bed, 16.8.2016 (CHF, JCW). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Recorded in 138 (69%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1857.
Last Recorded in 2022.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 10-14mm
Flight: August - September
Foodplant:   Sedges and grasses
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
28/09/2022161TA41 - Kilnsea / Spurn Head
22/09/2022161TA07 - Hunmanby
22/09/2022165SE19 - Leyburn / Catterick Garrison
21/09/2022165SE19 - Leyburn / Catterick Garrison
21/09/2022162SE98 - Wykeham
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