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Summary Data

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.

Forewing: 9-11mm.

Foodplant: Plant debris.

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 recorded190519881905
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records833311728
Number of individuals953321970
Unique positions8910198
Unique locations7910178
Adult records690311442
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 1728 records from 178 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


1707 Small Dusty Wave 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

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.

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