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Small dusty wave

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Insecta
Family  Geometridae
Scientific name  Idaea seriata
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Lepidoptera
Genus  Idaea
Rank  Species

Similar  Idaea, Riband wave, Small fan‑footed wave, Willow beauty, Idaea dimidiata

The small dusty wave (Idaea seriata) is a moth of the family Geometridae. It is found throughout Europe, the Near East, and North Africa. In the British Isles it is common in England and Wales but is only found in the eastern half of Scotland and is absent from Ireland.

The species is very small (wingspan 19–21 mm) and is probably one of the least striking members of the whole family, being basically grey with all markings indistinct apart from the black discal spot typical of the genus. Either one or two broods are produced each year and the species can be seen on the wing any time from June to September [1], flying at night and sometimes coming to light.

The larva feeds on ivy and the species overwinters in this form.

  1. ^ The flight season refers to the British Isles. This may vary in other parts of the range.


  • I. s. canteneraria
  • I. s. seriata
  • References

    Small dusty wave Wikipedia

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