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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 13-15mm.

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 recorded197019861970
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records520601160
Number of individuals1084762320
Unique positions14112306
Unique locations8811198
Adult records491591100
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 1160 records from 198 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1970.


1715 Plain Wave 02
© Jack Oughton
1715 Plain Wave 01
© Chris Manley, 15 Jul 2005

Species Account

Similar species: 1713 Riband Wave.

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread but local species in Britain, the larva is polyphagous on withered leaves of herbaceous plants such as stitchwort (Stellaria spp.) and bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus). In Dorset, the moth is restricted to sandy soils where it colonises deciduous birch and/or oak woodland and scrub. This species resembles the Riband Wave1713, and care is needed to correctly identify it.

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