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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, May-Jun, Jul-Aug.

Forewing: 15-17mm.

Foodplant: Downy and Silver Birch, Alder and Sallows.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19291883190418861883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records101091310191789252
Number of individuals1184127817253219359
Unique positions12720125825440
Unique locations11818825424737
Adult records9928809471721248
Immature records01400

For the county, we have a total of 4983 records from 844 sites. First recorded in 1883.


70.277 Common White Wave 06
© Andy Nunn
70.277 Common White Wave 05 larval head
© Derek Parkinson
70.277 Common White Wave 04 larva
© Derek Parkinson
70.277 Common White Wave 03 larva and adult
© Derek Parkinson
70.277 Common White Wave 02
© Paul Kipling, 5 Aug 2009
70.277 Common White Wave 01
© Charles Fletcher. 4 Jun 2001

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Rather local over much of VC61 in areas with woodland and overgrown hedges on low-lying damp ground. Widely recorded and often frequent or common over the other four vice-counties. This is one of many moths which in Yorkshire is just beyond its northern limit for being bivoltine, so in most years there is only one generation but in favourable seasons there may be a partial second brood.

2012 (CHF): Common and widespread across the county with no recent changes in distribution or numbers. The generations overlap so it is difficult to comment on voltinism.

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