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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

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

Forewing: 9-11mm.

Foodplant: Plant debris.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19291883188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records588475667999133
Number of individuals5716147371697173
Unique positions6346659113
Unique locations6646709413
Adult records584469652973132
Immature records01000

For the county, we have a total of 2862 records from 289 sites. First recorded in 1883.


70.008 Small Dusty Wave 04
© Terry Box
70.008 Small Dusty Wave 03
© Andy Nunn
70.008 Small Dusty Wave 02
© Derek Parkinson
70.008 Small Dusty Wave 01
© Paul Kipling, 16 June 2010

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widespread and recorded from all five vice-counties, but generally no more than fairly common. This moth is quite a feature of urban and suburban areas, and can often be found at lit windows or seen flying at dusk.

2012 (CHF): Now regularly bivoltine in the county with peaks of emergence in July and September. Widespread across the county and doing well. Can be mistaken for a pug!

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