Satin Wave - Idaea subsericeata


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

Identification difficulty

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).

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map