Common immigrant from northern Europe, appearing in southern England, and in recent years an increasingly common resident which continues to extend its range northwards, probably as a result of the increase in temperatures in the region. In Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight most common on the coast, but frequently encountered across the region. Wingspan 34-38 mm. The most likely confusion species is Clay Mythimna ferrago
, which is usually larger, has the reniform spot less rounded and the subterminal fascia clearly dotted (MBGBI Vol 9). Larva feeds on Common Couch, Cock's-foot and various grasses.
Updated: July 2020, status