Waved Umber - Menophra abruptaria


Wingspan 36-42 mm. A distinctive species that is not likely to be confused with anything else.

Identification difficulty

Broad-leaved woodland, scrub, hedgerows, parks and gardens.

When to see it

Flies in a single generation from April into June.

Life History

The larvae feed on Garden Privet and Lilac.

UK Status

Occurring reasonably commonly in the south of England and Wales, becoming scarcer into the northernmost English counties. 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)

70.257 BF1936

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map