The Moths of Suffolk
1709 Satin Wave, Idaea subsericeata, (Haworth, 1809)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Mainly Sandlings and Brecks, frequently at heathland sites

Habitats : Grassland, heathland, scrub and fens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to mid-August, occasional partial second broods reported

Larval foodplants : Unknown in the wild

Morley's Final Catalogue : Locally common in sylvan places. Bentley Woods (Baylis); both there and Sproughton in June 1893-1904 (Mly); Ipswich (Ml); Hemley (Wlr); Blaxhall (Hkr); Southwold (Ctw); Beccles (Ml). Stowmarket (C); Creeting Hills in May 1933 (D). Tuddenham (Nurse).

Wingspan details : Forewing 10-12mm, Wingspan 22-25mm


Confusion species
    AdultDotted Border Wave, Idaea sylvestraria
Silky Wave, Idaea dilutaria

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
100 57 15

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Dorset ( © Paul Kitchener