The Moths of Suffolk
1696 Bright Wave, Idaea ochrata, (Scopoli, 1763)

National Status : RDB

Local Status : Previously resident, locally extinct (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Restricted to a small area of the coastline on vegetated shingle

Habitats : Vegetated shingle

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-June to early August

Larval foodplants : Not well known in the wild, although it has been associated with Smooth Tare, Hare's-foot Clover

Recent records : Bawdsey (M Deans, 16.vi.2007), Orfordness (J Askins, 13.vii.2007)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Supposing the above Ochraceous Wave correct named, the present species is new to our County list. Numerous males were captured at Thorpe Ness in mid-July 1934-5 by the Revd.A. P. Waller (Trans. iii,91).

Wingspan details : Forewing 10-12mm, Wingspan 21-24mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultTawny Wave, Scopula rubiginata
Ochraceous Wave, Idaea serpentata

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Kent (vi.2003) © M Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Bawdsey, Suffolk (16.vi.2007) © Matthew Deans
Bawdsey, Suffolk (16.vi.2007) © Matthew Deans
Flushed by day - Dragoman, Bulgaria (8.vii.2014) © Neil Sherman