Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Scarce and local resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, May-Jun.
Foodplant: Bedstraws, Woodruff, Bush Vetch.
|Year first recorded||1905||1986||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||336||13||698|
|Number of individuals||509||12||1042|
For the region, we have a total of 698 records from 192 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
Similar species: 1692 Lesser Cream Wave.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in England and Wales, more local in Scotland, the larva is polyphagous on trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants, and these include bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), dock (Rumex acetosa); larvae are also reputed to feed on dry fallen leaves. In Dorset, the moth is widespread in woodland but at low density. It is most frequently met with in the heart of deciduous woodland on chalky soil in the north-east of the county where it may readily be flushed out from hazel understory during the day. This species is often mistaken for the Lesser Cream Wave1692; 'Cream Waves' seen from late June onwards are more likely to be Lesser Cream Wave1692 which tend to frequent more open habitat.