Species Account

Select species and region:



Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 12-13mm.

Foodplant: Meadowsweet, Common Valarian.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1904185718831883
Year last recorded2013197420142004
Number of records8685
Number of individuals7023
Unique positions6465
Unique locations6565
Adult records8385
Immature records0000

For the county, we have a total of 27 records from 22 sites. First recorded in 1857.


70.025 Lesser Cream Wave 02
© Damian Money
70.025 Lesser Cream Wave 01
© Charles Fletcher, 1 Jul 2004

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Only recently positively recorded from two sites. It rarely comes to light (Skinner, 1984) and may be confused with S. floslactata (Haworth) and S. ternata (Schrank). There are several unconfirmed records from VC62 and one from VC64.
VC61. Spurn, 14.7.1982 (BRS).

VC63. Thorne Moors, 1972 (Skidmore et al)., 1985), 1978 (RSK).

Argus 47, 2001-04:
VC62. Cropton, 12.7.1987 (EDC). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
VC64. Ripon Parks, 1.7.2004 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): Very local, sometimes seen flying by day and often confused with other species. Records are not acceptable without a good photograph or a specimen.

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