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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jun.

Forewing: 13-16mm.

Foodplant: Bedstraws, Woodruff, Bush Vetch.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1960185718461883
Year last recorded2014201320132014
Number of records35584667
Number of individuals22342548
Unique positions19372940
Unique locations19373032
Adult records33533862
Immature records1000

For the county, we have a total of 206 records from 118 sites. First recorded in 1846.


1693 Cream Wave 03
© Terry Box, 8 Jun 2019
1693 Cream Wave 02
© Nick Lawman
1693 Cream Wave 01
© Charles Fletcher, 19 June 2012

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Scarce and local. The actual sites from which this moth has been reported have changed since 1970 but its general distribution in Yorkshire remains almost the same. Although we have no VC65 records it has been recorded in Upper Teesdale in VC66 (Dunn & Parrack, 1986).

2012 (CHF): Local though apparently well-distributed within the county. There is still no VC65 record. This species is commonly misidentified and many claimed records turn out to be other species of Wave. A good quality photograph or a specimen is usually needed for verification. Often disturbed in the daytime but also sometimes comes to light.

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