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70.115 (BF1873)

Welsh Wave   

Venusia cambrica
Adult: 1
Resident, local, widespread. Widely distributed over western and northern Britain. Widespread in Scotland. Shows a long-term decline in distribution.


The pair of blackish spikes projecting outwards from the dark cross-line is diagnostic.

Recording method

Can be fond during the day on tree trunks and rocks, comes to light.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as pupa. Larvae are present July to September.

Larval foodplants



High and low altitude moorland, also, open woodland.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1862v for VC73 at Dalskairth by Lennon, in 1905 for VC74 at Corsemalzie by Gordon and in 1955 for VC72 at Tynron by Duncan.

189 record(s) from 36 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2014 2022 2022
70.115 Welsh Wave
70.115 Welsh Wave
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 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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