70.016 (1713) Riband Wave Idaea aversata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Status
Resident. Common.
 
Flight period
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History
Lennon (1863) makes no mention of it for Dumfriesshire. Gordon (1919) stated it as common at woodsides at dusk and rough herbage during the day in Wigtownshire. Earliest date was 1st July 1911.
 
In Kirkcudbrightshire, Archibald Russell (1944), whilst staying at Gatehouse-of-Fleet during 1942-43 listed it as occurring in the area.
 
Records are sparse until the setting-up of the Rothamsted stations in 1974 when it was trapped on a regular basis until 1993.
 
From 1992 to 2010 the regular trapped sites at Kirkton, Cally Woods, Mersehead RSPB and Durisdeer provided a good number of records, with others from scattered sites across the region.
 
Form ab. remutata Linnaeus
This is our commonest form and is found across the Region, but the dark-brown banded form occurs.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a small larva during July to May, with pupation close to the ground in a cocoon.
 
Larval foodplants
A variety of low-growing herbaceous plants.
 
Identification
Both forms occur with the unbanded form remutata being very similar to Plain Wave, but the distinct kink on the third line is diagnostic.
 
Habitat
A wide range of habitats.
© Keith Naylor, Kippford, 5 August 2004, form remutata

© Alison Robertson, July 2016, banded form

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