Geometridae : Sterrhinae
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Photo © George Fowler,  Broxbourne, Hertfordshire (26/06/20) - f.typica

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Plain Wave
Idaea straminata
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Riband Wave
Idaea aversata

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1713 / 70.016

General comments
Ubiquitous resident.

One of the most numerically abundant moths at light traps in our area overall. The adult comes in a banded and an unbanded form and both exhibit a range of colour, from very pale through reddish to very dark. The original description of the moth by Linnaeus was made from the banded form, and so that is the 'typical' Riband Wave; forms that lack the dark band are referable to ab. remutata Linnaeus. Various attempts have been made at assessing the percentages of typical and banded forms in our area, but the gathering of results is problematic - especially over any significant time period.

Recorded in 38 (93%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1887.
Last Recorded in 2024.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
30/06/2024320TL30 - Hoddesdon / Cheshunt
29/06/2024221TQ29 - Barnet / Finchley
28/06/2024120TL30 - Hoddesdon / Cheshunt
28/06/2024121TQ18 - Harrow / Wembley / Ealing
26/06/2024920TL30 - Hoddesdon / Cheshunt
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Forewing: 14-16mm.
Flight: One generation. June-Aug.
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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