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70.278 (BF1956)

Common Wave   

Cabera exanthemata
Adult: 2
Resident, common, widespread. Widespread throughout Britain.


The brown, curved cross-lines will separate it from Common White Wave.

Recording method

Easily disturbed from willows by day, comes to light.

Life Cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a pupa at ground level. Larvae are present during July to October at varying sizes.

Larval foodplants

Larvae feed on willows and poplars.


Woodland, often wet.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1862 for VC72 near Dumfries by Lennon where ‘it was common around the Dumfries area’, in 1906 for VC74 at Corsemalzie by Gordon who said it was ‘scarce at wood sides at dusk’ and in 1942 near Gatehouse of Fleet by Russell.

1139 record(s) from 61 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2022 2022 2022

 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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