Geometridae : Sterrhinae
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Plain Wave
Idaea straminata
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Riband Wave
Idaea aversata

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1713 / 70.016

A common species across the region.

Found in most habitats.

Overwinters as a larva and adults come readily to light.

The plain form is very similar to Plain Wave and great care must be taken if claiming the latter. In Riband the 3rd or outer cross-line is kinked as it meets the costa; not so in Plain Wave.

Recorded in 128 (91%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1869.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)
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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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
06/10/20222VC40 - ShropshireSJ43
23/09/20221VC39 - StaffordshireSJ82
23/09/20221VC37 - WorcestershireSO74
22/09/20221VC37 - WorcestershireSO96
20/09/20221VC39 - StaffordshireSJ82

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