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Tawny Wave
Scopula rubiginata (Hufnagel, 1767)
Geometridae: Sterrhinae
1688 / 70.022
Photo © Mick Saunt,  Attleborough 22/07/2019

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Forewing: 9-11mm.
Flight: Two Gens. Jun-Jul. Aug-Sep.
Foodplant:   Uncertain in the wild. (feeds on several plants in captivity)
Nat Status: Red Data Book
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
Norfolk Status
Scarce Norfolk resident.
The Breckland district on the Norfolk/Suffolk border are thought to be one of the main breeding areas for this species in Britain. Noted occasionally as a migrant.
Occurs on heathland and grassland, scrub, vegetated shingle in heathy rides and other open places.

The larval foodplant is unknown in the wild. Reared in captivity on Dandelion, Knotgrass, Field Bindweed, various legumes, trefoils and Black Medick.

Monitored annually by Norfolk Moth Survey.

Recorded in 32 (46%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1871.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
13/09/2020128TF74 - Holme/Titchwell
09/09/2020128TF90 - Watton/Shipdham
08/09/2020128TF90 - Watton/Shipdham
08/09/2020128TL99 - Thompson/Gt.Hockham
03/09/2020127TG02 - Foxley/Foulsham
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