34.004 .... B&F 0898
Limnaecia phragmitella (Stainton, 1851)
Status .....Almost certainly a much under-recorded moth across Nottinghamshire. This relatively dull looking, straw-coloured micro moth inhabits ponds, lakesides etc, wherever its hostplant Bulrush grows, but the adults will occur as rare wanderers at any site, even those well away from the nearest suitable habitat on warm, humid, overcast nights. The larvae are easily found in Bulrush heads during the Winter months.
Photographed at Sherwood Forest CP August 2010
Adult reared ex-larva, photographed at Eakring Flash May 2004
Early stages                            
Larva within Bulrush head, photographed at Warsop Main Pit Top December 2021
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Limnaecia phragmitella
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Lound Moth Group. Tim Sexton. Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. Phil Cadman. Martin Gray. Iain Leach, Kate Harte and Paul Baker (Budby South Forest Moth Trapping Results). Tom Shields. Ian Ellis. Steven Chick.

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Updated January 2024
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