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Common White Wave
Cabera pusaria (Linnaeus, 1758)
Geometridae: Ennominae
1955 / 70.277
Photo © Tom Morris,  Alderholt

Similar Dorset Species
Common Wave
Cabera exanthemata
Forewing: 15-17mm
Flight: May - June and July - August
Foodplant:   Downy and Silver Birch, Alder and sallows
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2

Davey, P., 2009: A common species in Britain, the larva feeding on birch (Betula spp.), sallow (Salix spp.), oak (Quercus spp.), alder (Alnus spp.) and other deciduous trees and shrubs. In Dorset, the moth is frequent in deciduous woodland and scrub. Singletons appear elsewhere from time to time. The national norm is of a double brood in southern England and a single brood in northern Britain. The relatively high numbers between the respective double brood peaks in early-June and mid-August suggest an additional univoltine cycle in July. The very few moths seen in October are likely to represent a partial second brood spawned by the univoltine brood.

Recorded in 38 (95%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1930.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
27/08/201919SY98 - Wareham
22/08/201919SY99 - Lytchett Matravers
22/08/201919SZ08 - Studland / Sandbanks
20/08/2019+9SY58 - Abbotsbury
18/08/201929SY99 - Lytchett Matravers
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