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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Apr-Jun.

Forewing: 18-21mm.

Foodplant: Garden Privet, Lilac and Jasmine.

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 recorded1955200719751955
Year last recorded2011200720112011
Number of records7651181568
Number of individuals10245182094
Unique positions164110350
Unique locations135110292
Adult records6921181422
Immature records1002

For the region, we have a total of 1568 records from 292 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.


1936 Waved Umber 03
© Will Bown
1936 Waved Umber 02
© Tom Morris
1936 Waved Umber 01
© Terry Box, 22 May 2004

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A frequent species across England and Wales, but local elsewhere, the larva feeding on lilac (Syringa vulgaris) and privet (Ligustrum spp.) in non-rural locations. In Dorset, the moth is frequently seen in suburbia where lilac is grown in gardens and garden privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium) is used in hedges. Away from towns, the moth is frequent on calcareous clay soil and chalky soil where it probably feeds on ash (Fraxinus spp.) and privet, both native Oleaceae plant species. Elsewhere, the moth is seldom seen.

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