The Moths of Suffolk
1689 Mullein Wave, Scopula marginepunctata, (Goeze, 1781)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Mainly costal, but also along the Gipping Valley and in the west around Bury St Edmunds and Barrow

Habitats : Grassland, heathland ,vegetated shingle

Flight Period : Double-brooded; mid-May to July and August to September

Larval foodplants : Various herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Considered too general to localise in 1890, but certainly by no means frequent and usually seen near the east coast in August. Ipswich at light, Wherstead, and not uncommon at Felixstow in 1900-35 (Mly); Bawdsey, Aldeburgh, Southwold and occasionally at Gorleston.

Wingspan details : Forewing 12-15mm, Wingspan 25-28mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultWeaver's Wave, Idaea contiguaria

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Felixstowe (23.viii.2004) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2007) © Neil Sherman
Bawdsey, Suffolk (24.viii.2009) © Matthew Deans
Bawdsey, Suffolk (21.viii.2015) © Neil Sherman
 
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Dark specimen - Hartland Point, Devon (29.viii.2015) © Neil Sherman