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Fenn's Wainscot
Protarchanara brevilinea (Fenn, 1864)
Noctuidae: Xyleninae
2351 / 73.150
Photo © Jim Swalwell,  11/07/2020 - Hickling Broad NNR

Similar Norfolk Species: None
Forewing: 14-17mm.
Flight: One generation July-Aug.
Foodplant:   Common Reed.
Red List: NT (Near Threatened)
Nat Status: Rare
Ex Status: Red Data Book
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
Norfolk Status
New UK BAP priority species.

Restricted to, but well established in the Norfolk Broads.

Occurs in the Ant and Bure Marshes (with a strong colony on the BC reserve at Catfield Fen), Hickling Broad, Martham Broad, Yare River system (Surlingham Broad) and at the Strumpshaw RSPB reserve near Ranworth.

The larvae feed on Common Reed, over-wintering as an egg. Often recorded in areas where the reeds are regularly cut, with good numbers reported 2-3 years after cutting.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 5 (7%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1864.
Last Recorded in 2021.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
14/08/20215027TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
10/08/2021227TG41 - Acle/Hemsby
09/08/2021127TG31 - Horning/Hoveton
09/07/2021127TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
09/07/2021127TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
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