Geometridae : Sterrhinae
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Small Dusty Wave
Idaea seriata

(Schrank, 1802) 1707 / 70.008

General comments
Widespread resident.

Although the larvae are polyphagous, few people seem to bother to report the foodplant species involved. By day adults have been found resting in high number within established Ivy on a house wall in Bishops Stortford. The adult is frequently mistaken for a pug (Eupithecia sp.) and rests in boxes of unidentified pugs until spotted by the duly appointed 'pug expert'! This is especially the case with darker forms, of which at least the darkest are perhaps referable to ab. bischoffaria Le Harpe. These really dark examples are apparently rare and most prevalent in the London area. However, the pale 'typical' form is also rare and most Hertfordshire examples of the moth adopt varying degrees of darkness between the two extremes.

Recorded in 35 (85%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1887.
Last Recorded in 2024.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
30/06/2024120TL30 - Hoddesdon / Cheshunt
28/06/2024120TL30 - Hoddesdon / Cheshunt
17/06/2024120TL13 - Hitchin (N)
06/06/2024121TQ29 - Barnet / Finchley
26/05/2024120TL42 - Bishop's Stortford (N)
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Forewing: 9-11mm.
Flight: Two Generations. Jun-Jul. Aug-Sep.
Foodplant:   Plant debris
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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