skip to Main Content

70.009 (BF1709)

Satin Wave   

Idaea subsericeata
Adult: 2
Resident, rare, local, coastal. Widespread in southern England but increasingly coastal further north, only in D&G in Scotland.


This moth is probably under-recorded but a closer look reveals its silky sheen across its wings.

Recording method

Adult comes to light.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a larva during August to May, with pupation in loose earth.

Larval foodplants



Woodland, hedgerows, gardens and rough grassland.


First recorded in Dumfries and Galloway in 1863 by Lennon near Sandyknowe (VC72) and by Buchanan White in 1895 in Colvend parish (VC73).  Since then, the majority of records have been in the coastal areas to the south of Dalbeattie.


22 record(s) from 9 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2022 1975

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

Back To Top