Riband Wave - Idaea aversata

    Description

    Wingspan 23-30 mm. Two distinct forms occur of this species, roughly equal in numbers. The typical form has a dark band across all four wings, whereas the plain form, known as ab. remutata, only has narrow cross-lines.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Wide range of habitats, including gardens, hedgerows, woodland, heathland, calcareous grassland and fens.

    When to see it

    It tends to fly between June and August and sometimes has a second autumn brood in the south.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on a range of low plants such as Dock and Dandelion.

    UK Status

    A common species throughout Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

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

    Reference
    70.016 BF1713

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map