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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jun.

Forewing: 13-16mm.

Foodplant: Bedstraws, Woodruff, Bush Vetch.

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded190519861905
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records33613698
Number of individuals509121042
Unique positions1175244
Unique locations915192
Adult records32312670
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 698 records from 192 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


1693 Cream Wave 03
© Julian Francis, 19 May 2019
1693 Cream Wave 02
© Julian Francis
1693 Cream Wave 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

Similar species: 1692 Lesser Cream Wave.

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in England and Wales, more local in Scotland, the larva is polyphagous on trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants, and these include bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), dock (Rumex acetosa); larvae are also reputed to feed on dry fallen leaves. In Dorset, the moth is widespread in woodland but at low density. It is most frequently met with in the heart of deciduous woodland on chalky soil in the north-east of the county where it may readily be flushed out from hazel understory during the day. This species is often mistaken for the Lesser Cream Wave1692; 'Cream Waves' seen from late June onwards are more likely to be Lesser Cream Wave1692 which tend to frequent more open habitat.

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