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Smoky Wave
Scopula ternata

Schrank, 1802 1694 / 70.026
Photo © Terry Box, 26 Jun 2012,  SE2064Brimham Rocks, VC64

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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 2022.
Additional Stats

< Lesser Cream Wave  |  Cream Wave >
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
26/07/2022163SE04 - Keighley / Silsden
19/07/2022163SE04 - Keighley / Silsden
03/07/2022362SE89 - Hole of Horcum
29/06/2022162NZ70 - Glaisdale
25/06/2022562SE89 - Hole of Horcum
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