The Moths of Suffolk
1691 Rosy Wave, Scopula emutaria, (Hübner, 1809)

National Status : Notable Nb

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Coastal, at sites where sea beet grows

Habitats : Saltmarsh, vegetated shingle, fen

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late June to August

Larval foodplants : Sea-beet

Morley's Final Catalogue : Quite local, but by no means very rare along the coast. Flying in salt-marshes at Trimley in early July 1932 (Ellis, in coll. D); several years at Hemley (Wlr, EMM 1902, 247); Felixstow and in 1903 at Orford (Gibbs); Aldeburgh in July 1889 (Sheldon) and in Slaughden salt-marshes (Ctw); Leiston (Hkr); and Southwold.

Wingspan details : Forewing 11-13mm, Wingspan 23-26mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultSub-angled Wave, Scopula nigropunctata
Lesser Cream Wave, Scopula immutata

Compare confusion species
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Orfordness (viii.2002) © M Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Havergate Island, Suffolk (vii.2005) © Neil Sherman
Iken Cliff, Suffolk (2.vii.2013) © Paul Kitchener
Southwold Denes, Suffolk (12.vii.2013) © Neil Sherman
 
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Southwold denes, Suffolk (27.vi.2014) © Neil Sherman
Iken Cliff, Suffolk (19.vi.2015) © Paul Kitchener