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Dwarf Cream Wave Idaea fuscovenosa (Goeze, 1781)

Idaea fuscovenosa
  • Cambridge, 26 Jul 2001.
  • Subfamily: Sterrhinae. Checklist: 70.006
  • Wing span 19mm
  • Larvae feed on low-lying plants such as dandelion
  • NBN Atlas

Small Dusty Wave Idaea seriata (Schrank, 1802)

Idaea seriata
  • Cambridge, 31 Aug 2014.
  • Subfamily: Sterrhinae. Checklist: 70.008
  • Wing span 17mm
  • Larvae feed on a range of herbaceous plants, including ivy
  • NBN Atlas

Single-Dotted Wave Idaea dimidiata (Hufnagel, 1767)

Idaea dimidiata
  • Cambridge, Stourbridge Common TL469597; 26 Jul 2016.
  • Subfamily: Sterrhinae. Checklist: 70.011
  • Found mainly in damp locations such as marshy woodland, fens and river banks.
  • The larvae feed from autumn through the winter on cow parsley (Anthriscus) and burnet saxifrage (Pimpinella)
  • NBN Atlas

Treble Brown Spot Idaea trigeminata (Haworth, 1809)

Idaea seriata
  • Cambridge, 2 Jun 2007.
  • Subfamily: Sterrhinae. Checklist: 70.012
  • Locally found in southern England
  • The caterpillars feed on ivy (Hedera), knotgrass (Polygonum) and other low-growing plants.
  • NBN Atlas

Riband Wave Idaea aversata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Idaea aversata Idaea aversata ab. remutata
  • Subfamily: Sterrhinae. Cambridge, (l) 2 Jul 2006. (r) 29 Jul 2001.
  • Checklist: 70.016
  • The typical form (l) and ab. remutata (r) occur in roughly equal numbers
  • Enlargements: typical form - ab. remutata
  • NBN Atlas

Small Blood-vein Scopula imitaria (Hübner, [1799])

Scopula imitaria
  • Cambridge, Gwydir Street (indoors). 28 Jul 2015.
  • Subfamily: Sterrhinae. Checklist: 70.024
  • Wing span 26-29mm (note this is LARGER than the Blood-vein Timandra comae (below)!
  • Larva on privet (Ligustrum) and other low-growing plants
  • NBN Atlas

Blood-vein Timandra comae (Schmidt, 1931)

Timandra comae
  • Cambridge, Paradise LNR TL446572: 24 Jun 2008.
  • Subfamily: Sterrhinae. Checklist: 70.029
  • Wing span 23-28mm
  • Larvae feed on low-lying plants such as dock (Rumex)
  • Enlarged photo
  • NBN Atlas

Garden Carpet Xanthorhoe fluctuata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Xanthorhoe fluctuata
  • Cambridge, 24 Aug 2002.
  • Subfamily: Larentiinae. Checklist: 70.049
  • Larvae feed on various Cruciferae.
  • Adults frequently seen in seen by daylight, resting in shady places and often head down as here.
  • Does that white colouration resemble a moth the other way round and distract bird strikes away from the real head?
  • NBN Atlas

Yellow Shell Camptogramma bilineata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Camptogramma bilineata
  • Cambridge, 13 Jul 2002.
  • Subfamily: Larentiinae. Checklist: 70.059
  • Colour varies from bright yellow to brown
  • Larvae feed on chickweed (Stellaria media), sorrel (Rumex) and other plants.
  • NBN Atlas

Winter Moth Operophtera brumata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Operophtera brumata
  • Cambridge, 21 Dec 2002.
  • Subfamily: Larentiinae. Checklist: 70.106
  • Female is flightless with only the slightest of vestigial wings
  • This is a rather dark form; paler ones do not show the Y bands
  • Larvae feed on vaious deciduous trees; can be a pest on apples
  • NBN Atlas

Brindled Pug Eupithecia abbreviata Stephens, 1831

Eupithecia abbreviata
  • Cambridge, 14 Apr 2002.
  • Subfamily: Larentiinae. Checklist: 70.156
  • Larvae feed on oak and hawthorn.
  • NBN Atlas

Clouded Border Lomaspilis marginata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Lomaspilis marginata
  • Cambridge, Paradise LNR TL446571, 19 Jul 2016.
  • Subfamily: Ennominae. Checklist: 70.207
  • A night-flying moth but can often be disturbed during the daylight.
  • The dark patterning is subject to considerable variation.
  • Larvae feed on sallow and poplars
  • Very widely distributed. NBN Atlas

Latticed Heath Chiasmia clathrata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Chiasmia clathrata
  • Cambridge, Barnwell East LNR TL479583, 14 Apr 2015.
  • Subfamily: Ennominae. Checklist: 70.218
  • A day-flying moth resembling a small butterfly
  • The larvae feed on lucerne (Medicago sativa) and clover (Trifolium spp.).
  • NBN Atlas

Peppered Moth Biston betularia (Linnaeus, 1758)

Biston betularia
  • Cambridge (Adams Road sanctuary TL434586) 26 Jun 2012.
  • Subfamily: Ennominae. Checklist: 70.252
  • Generally cited as the classic model of industrial melanism, although the causality between pollution and melanism is still a subject of continued research.
  • There is considerable variation even between these two pale (morpha typica) individuals.
  • Larvae feed on many different plants.
  • NBN Atlas
  • Enlarged image

Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

Peribatodes rhomboidaria
  • Cambridge, 10 Jul 2002.
  • Subfamily: Ennominae. Checklist: 70.258
  • Colouring varies from brownish as here through grey to almost black.
  • Larvae feed on various shrubs such as hawthorn and ivy.
  • NBN Atlas

Pale Oak Beauty Hypomecis punctinalis (Scopoli, 1763)

Hypomecis punctinalis
  • Cambridge (Adams Road sanctuary TL434586) 26 Jun 2012.
  • Subfamily: Ennominae. Checklist: 70.268
  • Favours woodlands, where the larvae feed on oak, birch and other trees.
  • NBN Atlas

Bordered White Bupalus piniaria (Linnaeus, 1758)

Bupalus piniaria
  • Cambridge (Adams Road sanctuary TL434586) 26 Jun 2012.
  • Subfamily: Ennominae. Checklist: 70.276
  • Rests with wings erect.
  • Male (shown) has conspicuous combed antennae.
  • Larvae feed on pines, especially Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) and Corsican pine (P. nigra).
  • NBN Atlas

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