Small Dusty Wave - Idaea seriata

    Description

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

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    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)

    Reference
    70.008 BF1707

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map