Geometridae : Sterrhinae
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Riband Wave
Idaea aversata

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1713 / 70.016

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the polyphagous larva feeding on the withered or mouldy fallen leaves of deciduous trees, shrubs and grasses, plus a variety of low-growing herbaceous plants including knotgrass (Polygonum spp.), chickweed (Stellaria spp.), dandelion (Taraxacum agg.) and dock (Rumex spp.). In Dorset, the moth is ubiquitous and often abundant, occurring in practically every habitat type. Of the four thousand plus Riband Waves trapped at Arne Wood between 1974 and... Read More

Recorded in 41 (103%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1930.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 14-16mm
Flight: June - August (September - October)
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
02/10/201919SY98 Wareham
29/09/201919SY49 Bridport
27/09/201919SY98 Wareham
14/09/201919SY59 Powerstock / Kingcombe
11/09/201919SY98 Wareham

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