The Moths of Suffolk
1781 Small Waved Umber, Horisme vitalbata, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common, particularly in the south of the county

Habitats : Open woodland, scrub and hedgerows

Flight Period : Double-brooded; late April to June and mid-July to August

Larval foodplants : Traveller's Joy

Morley's Final Catalogue : Widely distributed, locally common among clematis; usually on chalk, so rare along our coast. Bures, Copdock, uncommon at light in Ipswich; Whitton (Pyett), Claydon (Sparke), Blakenham, and at light in Monks Soham (Mly); Needham, Stowmarket, Hardwick, Bury; Tuddenham (Mly). Aldeburgh (Hele).

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-17mm, Wingspan 30-35mm


Confusion species : None

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Lineage Wood, Suffolk (6.v.2005) © Lee Gregory

Flight chart
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Life history chart
pupa pupa pupa pupa imago ovalarvaimago larva ovaimago larva larva pupa pupa

Further Photographs

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Eye (31.v.2000) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2008) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk ( © Paul Kitchener