Small Dusty Wave - Idaea seriata


Wingspan 19-21 mm. A rather dull looking nondescript moth

Identification difficulty

Found in woodland, gardens and wasteland. Commonly attracted to lit walls, windows, etc.

When to see it

In the south there are two generations:  flying in June and July and again in August and September. Further north there is a single brood flying in July and August.

Life History

The caterpillars feed on a range of herbaceous plants, including Ivy.

UK Status

Occurs quite frequently in much of Britain except the very far north. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire & Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)

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

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