Waved Black - Parascotia fuliginaria


Wingspan 18 to 28 mm. This rather pretty species has a resting posture and appearance more typical of the family Geometridae than Noctuidae.

Identification difficulty

It occupies woodland, damp areas and suburban habitats.

When to see it

Flies between June and August.

Life History

The larvae feed mainly on a variety of fungi and rotten wood.

UK Status

It occurs locally in the southern half of England and Wales. Suspected migrants have occasionally turned up well outside the normal range. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as Nationally Scarce B.

VC55 Status

Quite rare in Leicestershire and Rutland, the Sapcote specimen of 24th July 2014 is only the 6th record for VC55 and the first for six years. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

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

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