The Moths of Suffolk
1876 Small Yellow Wave, Hydrelia flammeolaria, (Hufnagel, 1767)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Broadleaved woodland, scrub, hedgerows, heathland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-May to early August, occasional later record

Larval foodplants : Field Maple, Sycamore and Alder

Morley's Final Catalogue : Occurs in all our larger woodlands and denser thickets. Bures, commonly in Bentley Woods, less about Ipswich; Henley and Westerfield (Sparke); Hacheston, Swefling, Needham, Stowmarket, Bury. Yet lingers in deforested areas, e.g. Beccles and Monks Soham (Mly).

Wingspan details : Forewing 9-11mm, Wingspan 20-22mm


Confusion species
    AdultDingy Shell, Euchoeca nebulata

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Dorset ( © Paul Kitchener

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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2003) © N Sherman
Wyken Wood, Suffolk (27.v.2005) © Lee Gregory