Mythimna pallens - Lot Moths and Butterflies - species in Las Descargues, the Lot, France
drawing of a moth



Las Descargues, 17 August 2010
Mythimna pallens Adult


© Robin Howard

Mythimna pallens (Linnaeus, 1758)

Common Wainscot
La Leucarnie blafarde

Wingspan: 32-40mm

A bivoltine species on the wing from May to July and again from August to October. A frequent visitor to light and sugar it has been recorded from all grassland habitats including the open, dry meadows of the Causse.

The larva feeds on various grass species and overwinters as an early instar larva deep in the base of the foodplant.