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Smoky Wave
Scopula ternata

Schrank, 1802 1694 / 70.026
Photo © Aidan Smith,  12 June 2023, VC64, Timble Ings

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Yorkshire Status: Rare and local resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: The distribution of this moth has changed very little in the past twenty years and the comment made in the 1970 list (YNU, 1970), 'Although there are plenty of suitable locations for this very local insect, it has only been found in a few of them' is still true. It should be searched for on moors and mosses where bilberry occurs, the adults being easily disturbed during the day (Skinner, 1984).

2012 (CHF): The comments in Sutton and Beaumont are still true today though we have received an increase in records in the last few years, mostly of moths disturbed in the daytime.

Recorded in 55 (28%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1880.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 12-15mm
Flight: June - July
Foodplant:   Heather and Bilberry
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
23/06/2023364SE15 - Blubberhouses
19/06/2023163SD93 - Wycoller
17/06/2023362SE89 - Hole of Horcum
14/06/2023263SD93 - Wycoller
14/06/2023164SD96 - Malham / Threshfield
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