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Cream Wave
Scopula floslactata (Haworth, 1809)
Geometridae: Sterrhinae
1693 / 70.027
Photo © Terry Box, 8 Jun 2019,  SE5684:Ashberry, VC62

Similar Yorkshire Species
Lesser Cream Wave
Scopula immutata
Forewing: 13-16mm
Flight: May - June
Foodplant:   Bedstraws, Woodruff, Bush Vetch
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2

Yorkshire Status: Scarce and local resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Scarce and local. The actual sites from which this moth has been reported have changed since 1970 but its general distribution in Yorkshire remains almost the same. Although we have no VC65 records it has been recorded in Upper Teesdale in VC66 (Dunn & Parrack, 1986).

2012 (CHF): Local though apparently well-distributed within the county. There is still no VC65 record. This species is commonly misidentified and many claimed records turn out to be other species of Wave. A good quality photograph or a specimen is usually needed for verification. Often disturbed in the daytime but also sometimes comes to light.

Recorded in 69 (35%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1846.
Last Recorded in 2023.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
06/07/2023162SE66 - Strensall
21/06/2023163SE40 - Goldthorpe
11/06/2023163SE31 -  Wakefield (S)
11/06/2023161TA41 - Kilnsea / Spurn Head
30/05/2023163SE31 -  Wakefield (S)
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