Satin Wave - Idaea subsericeata

    Description

    Wingspan 22 to 25 mm. A fairly plain-looking whitish moth, which has a glossy sheen to the upper wing surfaces.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Various habitats.

    When to see it

    The adults fly in June and July.

    Life History

    The caterpillar, which hibernates during the winter, feeds on low plants including Knotgrass, Dandelion and Chickweed.

    UK Status

    It is relatively common in the south of England, becoming scarcer further north to southern Scotland. It also occurs locally in Ireland. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).

    Reference
    70.009 BF1709

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map