Quite a number of Noctuid moths are called ‘Wainscots’. They are generally off-
Flight period July, August
Southern Wainscot is the least common of the Wainscots shown, particularly North of the Midlands.
Large Wainscot Flight Period September,October
Usually Common Wainscot has one or more black dots but very few other markings.
However some specimens have enough speckling to be mistaken for Smoky Wainscot. In these cases it helps if you can see the hind-
A solid black stripe from the base to the middle of the forewing alongside the central vein.
Smoky Wainscot has a stripe in a similar position but made up of speckles rather than a solid stripe.
The apex of the forewing is pointed
The outer edge of the forewing is straight
Large Wainscot looks similar to the Wainscots in family Hadeninae. In particular
it has a curved cross-
However the flight periods of these two species do not overlap.
Smoky Wainscot is similar to Common Wainscot but has generally more speckled markings
The hindwing is ‘smoky’ -