Common Wave - Cabera exanthemata


Wingspan 30 to 35 mm. Superficially similar to the Common White Wave (C. pusaria), this species has a dusky sprinkling of brownish scales and the cross-lines are more curved.

Identification difficulty

It prefers damp woodland and marshy areas

When to see it

Between May and August, with two broods in the south.

Life History

The larvae feed on Willow and Aspen.

UK Status

It can be found fairly commonly throughout Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident).

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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