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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 9-11m.

Foodplant: Unknown.

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 recorded188919831889
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records480941148
Number of individuals7341381744
Unique positions11911260
Unique locations10111224
Adult records461941110
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 1148 records from 224 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1889.


1705 Dwarf Cream Wave 03
© Julian Francis
1705 Dwarf Cream Wave 02
© Dave Foot
1705 Dwarf Cream Wave 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A single-brooded species confined to England where it is locally common in the south becoming scarcer further north, the polyphagous larva feeding on fallen withered or dry leaves, and on mosses. In Dorset, the moth is most frequently recorded at house windows being attracted to relatively low wattage neon or actinic light. In the absence of light trap records, information relating to this species is scant and the status of the moth is unclear. The number of Dwarf Cream Waves trapped at Arne Wood comprises sixty per cent of the Dorset total; this locality is situated in mature oak and birch woodland on sandy soil. A small partial second brood has become apparent in recent years in the late summer, and, for the first time, May records too.

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