70.025 (1692) Lesser Cream Wave Scopula immutata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Status
Resident. Scarce.
 
Flight period
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History
Lesser Cream Wave has only been recorded in Dumfriesshire and Kirkcudbrightshire. The first seven records all came from the Bridge of Dee (VC73) in 1977 at the Rothamsted station followed by a record from Laurieston Hall the following year.
 
The next records were in the early 1990s and from then to 2010, there were just under 20 records in that period from sites at Bargaly Lodge, Carlingwark Loch SSSI, Carruchan Moss, Kirkcudbright, Mabie Forest and Wood of Cree (all VC73) and Kirkton, Durisdeer and Hightae Mill Loch at Lochmaben (VC72).
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a larva during late August to May, spending its time in plant debris from where it pupates.
 
Larval foodplants
Common Valerian and Meadowsweet.
 
Identification
Great care should be taken in identifying this species due to confusion with Cream Wave which is larger with more pointed wings. Another feature for this species is that the dot on the hindwing is larger than the one on the forewing.
 
Habitat
This moth likes marshy situations and can be disturbed during the day.
© Richard Mearns, Kirkton, 5 July 2011.

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