The Moths of Suffolk
1715 Plain Wave, Idaea straminata, (Borkhausen, 1794)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local and not usually in large numbers, mainly a species of the Brecks and Sandlings

Habitats : Heathland, scrubby woodland, grassland on chalky soils

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late June to September

Larval foodplants : Little known in the wild

Morley's Final Catalogue : Broadly distributed, but somewhat local. Copdock, lpswich, Needham; Southwold, Herringfleet. West Stow, Tuddenham; and plentiful on sugar at Brandon (Whe).

Wingspan details : Forewing 13-15mm, Wingspan 28-33mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultRiband Wave, Idaea aversata
Portland Riband Wave, Idaea degeneraria

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New Forest (27.vi.2000) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2007) © Neil Sherman
Second brood individual - Ipswich, Suffolk (21.ix.2009) © Neil Sherman
Dunwich, Suffolk (4.viii.2012) © Paul Kitchener
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (16.vii.2013) © Neil Sherman