The Moths of Suffolk
1936 Waved Umber, Menophra abruptaria, (Thunberg, 1792)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Broadleaved woodland, heathland, scrub, hedgerows and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-April to early July

Larval foodplants : Garden Privet and Lilac

Morley's Final Catalogue : Almost too common to localise. Records are from Sudbury (Ransom), common at Ipswich light, Playford, Aldeburgh, Monks Soham garden, Needham, Stowmarket, Bury. Homersfield, Bungay (Mn), Gorleston (D, who finds a splendid dark form).

Wingspan details : Forewing 18-21mm, Wingspan 36-42mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2004) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Melanic specimen - Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2006) © Neil Sherman
Bawdsey, Suffolk (14.v.2009) © Matthew Deans
Ipswich, Suffolk (11.v.2011) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (11.v.2011) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (23.v.2012) © A Prichard