Common in reed-beds throughout much of the British Isles, a species of conservation concern under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan. In Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight widely distributed in the drier parts of reed-beds in all three vice-counties. Wingspan 36-52 mm. The most likely confusion species is Bulrush Wainscot Nonagria typhae
, which see for differences. Occasional wanderers, nearly always females, are taken at light some distant from known breeding colonies. Larva feeds on Common Reed, over-wintering as an egg.