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70.277 (BF1955)

Common White Wave   

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


A plain white moth with grey speckling and three straight lines on the forewing make it very distinctive.

Recording method

Flies around birches at dusk, comes to light.

Life cycle

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

Larval foodplants

Larvae feed on birches, willows and Alder.


Woodland and scrub.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1862 for VC73 at Mabie Forest by Lennon, also in 1862 for VC72 near Dumfries by Lennon and in 1899 for VC74 at Corsemalzie by Gordon.

1526 record(s) from 63 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2021 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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