Geometridae : Sterrhinae
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Photo © Martin Cade,  Portland Bird Observatory - 5 Jul 2011

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Bright Wave
Idaea ochrata

(Prout, 1913) 1696 / 70.003

Davey, P., 2009: Resident and rare on coastal sand dunes and shingle beaches in Kent, Suffolk and formerly Essex, otherwise a very rare immigrant, the polyphagous larva feeding on withered leaves of herbaceous plants and grasses. The moth has a mainly southern distribution in Europe where it colonises open dry grassland. In Dorset, three individuals have been recorded on or close to the coast and all are suspected immigrants: Portland, at MV light on 15 July 1994 (M Cade), near Bournemouth, 19... Read More

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Recorded in 5 (13%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1901.
Last Recorded in 2015.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 10-12mm.
Flight: One generation. June-Aug.
Foodplant:   Herbs
Red List: Near Threatened (NT)
GB Status: Nationally Rare
BAP Status: Priority Species
Former Status: Red Data Book
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
14/07/201519SZ08 Studland / Sandbanks
30/06/201519SY49 Bridport
23/07/201419SY39 Lyme Regis
05/07/201119SY66 Portland Bill
15/07/199419SY66 Portland Bill

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