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70.114 (BF1876)

Small Yellow Wave   

Hydrelia flammeolaria
Adult: 2
Resident, rare, local. Widespread in England and Wales. In Scotland scattered thinly in the south but more widespread to the north of the Central Belt.


Unmistakable. Due to its rarity status a specimen or quality photo required for record acceptance.

Recording method

Can be Disturbed during the day from lower branches of alder, comes to light.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a pupa, close to the ground. Larvae are present from late July to September.

Larval foodplants

Alder and Sycamore.


Riverine scrub areas, hedgerows and broadleaved woodland.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1862 for VC73 at Dalskairth by Lennon but not until 1976 for VC72 in Kirkmahoe parish by Duncan.

26 record(s) from 16 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2022 2019

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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