The Moths of Suffolk
1702 Small Fan-footed Wave, Idaea biselata, (Hufnagel, 1767)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and frequent in most areas

Habitats : Woodland, scrub, fens, gardens, heathland and various other diverse habitats

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late June to September

Larval foodplants : Unknown in the wild

Morley's Final Catalogue : Abundant in all the woods around Ipswich in July; and generally distributed, though little noticed in the north, as, at Fritton in 1935, or to the west of Raydon Wood. Sometimes at Monks Soharn light.

Wingspan details : Forewing 10-11mm, Wingspan 22-25mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultDwarf Cream Wave, Idaea fuscovenosa

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Eye (25.vi.2005) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye (29.vi.2005) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2005) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2006) © Neil Sherman
 
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Melanic specimen - Milden Hall Farm, Suffolk (13.vii.2013) © Neil Sherman