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

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