The Moths of Suffolk
1697 Ochraceous Wave, Idaea serpentata, (Hufnagel, 1767)

National Status : Rare immigrant; Jersey resident

Local Status : Rare immigrant (SMP Status 4)

Flight Period : Single-brooded in Europe; July

Larval foodplants : Not known in the wild

Morley's Final Catalogue : The Revd. A. H. Wratislaw captured one of the two or three known British examples of this north and central European species, at Aldeburgh about 1870. No good reason, beyond extreme rarity, emerges for Bloomfield's supposition in his Additions that "this should probably be Bright Wave"

Wingspan details : Wingspan 20-22mm


Confusion species
    AdultBright Wave, Idaea ochrata

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Flushed by day - Kom mountain, Bulgaria (6.vii.2014) © Neil Sherman

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Mating pair found by day - Samokofv, Bulgaria (14.vii.2014) © Neil Sherman