The Moths of Suffolk
1713 Riband Wave, Idaea aversata, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and abundant

Habitats : Wide variety; including woodland, heathland, grassland, scrub, gardens

Flight Period : Single brooded; mid-June to mid-August, literature states there may be an occasional partial second brood; September to October

Larval foodplants : Various low-growing herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Abundant everywhere from Bentley Woods to Gorleston; often at Monks Soham light.

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-16mm, Wingspan 30-35mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultPortland Riband Wave, Idaea degeneraria
Plain Wave, Idaea straminata

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Unbanded form - Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2002) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Riband Wave and Portland Ribbon Wave - Dorset (19.vi.2002) © Paul Kitchener
Eye, Suffolk (1.vii.2007) © Paul Kitchener
Eye, Suffolk (1.vii.2007) © Paul Kitchener
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (1.vii.2009) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (1.vii.2009) © A Prichard
Unbanded form - Ipswich, Suffolk (5.vii.2011) © Neil Sherman
 
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Banded form - Ipswich, Suffolk (5.vii.2011) © Neil Sherman
Both colour forms - Ipswich, Suffolk (5.vii.2011) © Neil Sherman
Dunwich, Suffolk (5.viii.2012) © Paul Kitchener
 
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Banded form - Ipswich, Suffolk (26.vii.2014) © Neil Sherman
Unbanded form - Ipswich, Suffolk (20.vii.2014) © Neil Sherman
Late second generation individual - Ipswich, Suffolk (9.x.2018) © Paul Kitchener