Noctuidae: Hadeninae

09471 Silky Wainscot Chilodes maritimus, (Tauscher, 1806)

BF2391 (ABH73.100)


General Information

This is a rather plain species which is delicately streaked with grey. There are many named forms:

  • f. nigristriata with black between veins,
  • f. bipunctata with black oval and kidney marks,
  • f. wismariensis with a long thick black streak from base.

Some forms are similar to micros Chilo phragmitella and Calamotropha paludella.


Pupates in plant stems.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a larva.
Both sexes come to light.

Forewing length: 13-15mm.
Foodplant(s): invertebrates, Common Reed (dead stems) (Phragmites australis)
Flying: One generation, mid June-mid August
UK Presence: Resident
National status:


Reed-beds, fens and other areas where reed is prevalent.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Bulgaria.

Similar Species
Brown-veined Wainscot Archanara dissoluta
Flame Wainscot Senta flammea (=Mythimna)

Larva Type:
Yellow, brown, pink, black
No. of Proleg Pairs: