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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 12-13mm.

Foodplant: Meadowsweet, Common Valarian.

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 recorded188619851886
Year last recorded201120052011
Number of records1256262
Number of individuals20539488
Unique positions624132
Unique locations584124
Adult records1226256
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 262 records from 124 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1886.


1692 Lesser Cream Wave 03
© Julian Francis
1692 Lesser Cream Wave 02
© Jack Oughton
1692 Lesser Cream Wave 01
© Chris Manley, 28 Jul 2008

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species in England and Wales, the polyphagous larva feeding mainly on herbaceous plants found in damp habitats such as meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) and common valerian (Valeriana officinalis). In Dorset, the moth is local and at low density inhabiting wetland, particularly river valleys that support unimproved, unpolluted, herb-rich water meadows, also marsh, plus damp woodland rides and clearings.

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