Species Account

Select species and region:



Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.

Forewing: 9-11mm.

Foodplant: Field Maple, Sycamore and Alder.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041883188318831880
Year last recorded20142014201420142013
Number of records4897133875
Number of individuals511111281117
Unique positions306475444
Unique locations266075403
Adult records4894121814
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 370 records from 204 sites. First recorded in 1880.


70.114 Small Yellow Wave 07
© Nancy Stedman
70.114 Small Yellow Wave 06
© David & Paul Ashton, 4 Jul 2014
70.114 Small Yellow Wave 05
© Andy Nunn
70.114 Small Yellow Wave 04
© Damian Money
70.114 Small Yellow Wave 03
© Dave Shenton
70.114 Small Yellow Wave 02
© Charles Fletcher, 3 Jul 2004
70.114 Small Yellow Wave 01
© Dave Williamson

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Occurs locally in vice-counties 61 to 64, most common in the south of the County.

Argus 47, 2001-04:
VC65. Foxglove Covert, 11.6.2004 (CHF, JCW, SPW). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): This species seems to be doing quite well in the county especially in woodland with plenty of field maple. It is absent from the north-west.

See background to species accounts.  Index of Vernacular names - Search - Random Species