Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Fairly common and thinly distributed or restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, Jun-Jul, Aug-Sep.
Foodplant: Plant debris.
|Year first recorded||1905||1988||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||833||31||1728|
|Number of individuals||953||32||1970|
For the region, we have a total of 1728 records from 178 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in England, Wales and eastern Scotland, the polyphagous larva feeding on ivy (Hedera helix), withered or dry leaves of herbaceous plants, mouldy leaf litter, vegetable refuse and compost. The moth shares the Dwarf Cream Wave's1705 penchant for illuminated windows to which they seem to be readily attracted. Ivy carpets the quarries along the Purbeck coast and on Portland and among grassland elsewhere along the coastal belt, and the moth is often recorded from these areas. Inland, ivy is dominant on the ground in plantations, and frequent in woods and hedges too. It is likely that the species occurs in such places, although there are insufficient records to confirm this. Alternative food sources centre on human habitation such as farms and gardens. The flight time covers four months, and two overlapping broods are evident from the data. The national norm is for a single brood in northern Britain in July and August, and a double brood in the south.