Small Yellow Wave - Hydrelia flammeolaria


Wingspan 14-20 mm. A diminutive but rather attractive moth with an orangey-yellow patterned wings

Identification difficulty

Woodland and other well wooded areas.

When to see it

The single brood flies in June and July and is often attracted to light.

Life History

The larvae feed on Field Maple but in the north more commonly on Alder.

UK Status

This species occurs most commonly in the south of England becoming gradually scarcer further north into Scotland. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

70.114 BF1876

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map