70.278 (1956) Common Wave Cabera exanthemata (Scopoli, 1763)

Status
Resident. Common.
 
Flight period
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History
Lennon (1863) stated it as common around the Dumfries area. Gordon (1919) found it to be scarce at woodsides at dusk at Corsemalzie, Wigtownshire. Earliest date was 30th May 1911. Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Closeburn, Tynron and Castlehill, Dumfries (all VC72). Archibald Russell (1944) listed it as occurring near Gatehouse of Fleet (VC73) during the years 1942-43.
 
During the 1960s Pelham-Clinton found it at Caulkerbush and Kirkbean (VC73). From 1974 to 1993 it was regularly recorded from all seven Rothamsted stations. Since then, between 1993 and 2010, there are many records from widely scattered sites proving it to be one of the commonest geometrids.
 
Life Cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a pupa at ground level. Larvae are present during July to October at varying sizes.
 
Larval foodplants
Larvae feed on willows and poplars.
 
Identification
The brown, curved cross-lines will separate it from Common White Wave.
 
Habitat
Woodland, often wet.
© Valerie Harrison, Glenstockadale, 1 June 2011

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