The Moths of Suffolk
1955 Common White Wave, Cabera pusaria, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Heathland, woodland, scrub, fens

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

Larval foodplants : birches, Alder and sallows

Morley's Final Catalogue : Abundant everywhere in sylvan places from Bentley Woods to Gorleston; Blythburgh Wood in 1931.

Wingspan details : Forewing 15-17mm, Wingspan 32-35mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultCommon Wave, Cabera exanthemata
Grass Wave, Perconia strigillaria

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2005) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Dark form - beaten from Silver birch - Ipswich, Suffolk (7.ix.2010) © Neil Sherman
Eye (25.v.2001) © Paul Kitchener
Beaten from Hazel - Bonny Wood, Suffolk (ix.2004) © N Sherman
 
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Found on Silver Birch - Martlesham Heath, Suffolk (13.viii.2006) © A Prichard
Beaten from Alder (Alnus glutinosa) - Newbourne, Suffolk (22.viii.2009) © A Prichard
Close up of anal plate - Newbourne, Suffolk (22.viii.2009) © A Prichard
 
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Close up of head - Newbourne, Suffolk (22.viii.2009) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (5.vii.2012) © Neil Sherman
Larva beaten from birch - North Cove, Suffolk (16.ix.2012) © A Prichard
 
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Larva beaten from birch - North Cove, Suffolk (16.ix.2012) © A Prichard