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1709 ~ Satin Wave ~ Idaea subsericeata
UK Status

Resident. Common S(C).

Montgomeryshire Status

Rarely recorded and found in just a handful of sites across the county.

Wingspan :  M & F, 22-25mm.

Confusion species

Dotted Border Wave, Silky Wave.

Flight time (Montgomeryshire)


Woodland, hedgerows, scrub on heathland, downland and gardens.


Little is known about its foodplant in the wild, although in captivity it is known to eat dandelion, knot grass and other herbaceous plants.

Lifestage data

Overwinters as a larva. Larva August-May. Pupates in loose soil.
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Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MDH, 3rd June 2011, Llanfyllin

Photo by PB, 16th June 2011, Morben ISAF