Geometridae : Ennominae
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Photo © Neil Sherman,  Snape Warren. June 2004

Immature stages

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Common White Wave
Cabera pusaria
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Grass Wave
Perconia strigillaria

(Hübner, 1787) 1970 / 70.295

Morley's Final Catalogue: Surprisingly local, probably in the decadent category of the above C. belgaria. Not recorded since Mr. Bond found it at Newmarket, as is related in 'Fenland'. Never seen in the County through forty years (Morley).

Recent Suffolk Status: Very scarce, seemingly declining species in the county. Found very locally in the Sandlings. No records from the Breck for many years, possibly extinct there. Few recent records.

Life history: Single-brooded. Occasionally seen flying in the daytime.
A larval record was noted on 24/04/2011, found on the underside of a sheet placed under a moth trap in Heather at Tunstall common (T. Prichard, N. Sherman et al.).

Identification: Common white wave and Common wave have a much paler ground colour, being whitish. Grass wave is greyish.

Habitat: Heathland.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 8 (14%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1940.
Last Recorded in 2021.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
16/06/2021+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
09/06/2021125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
13/06/2020125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
16/06/2017+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
31/07/2015125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
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Forewing: 15-20mm.
Flight: May - July
Foodplant:   heathers and broom
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
 Immature Adult
Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2024. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024
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