Riband Wave - Idaea aversata


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

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)

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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Species profile

Common names
Riband Wave
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
01/01/1998 (Adrian Russell)
Last record:
09/09/2023 (Pugh, Dylan)

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