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.
Wide range of habitats, including gardens, hedgerows, woodland, heathland, calcareous grassland and fens.
It tends to fly between June and August and sometimes has a second autumn brood in the south.
The larvae feed on a range of low plants such as Dock and Dandelion.
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.
Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)
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