Single-dotted Wave Geometridae

Idaea dimidiata (Hufnagel, 1767)

Description: Wingspan 17-22mm. Adults are generally whitish-brown with a series of small dark coloured dots the upper surface of the forewings. There is also a dark patch near the outer margin on each forewing and a dotted line that is continuous around the outer margins of all wings.

Key Identification Features:

Sets:  male upperside

Flight Period: Mid-June to the end of August.

Status: Common and widely distributed especially in the south but much more localised in the north.

Ecology: Normally associated with damper parts of woodland, heaths and bogs. Its scarceness further north, especially in Londonderry, may well be due to limited fieldwork at the appropriate time of year. Adults are attracted to light and appear in small numbers. The larvae can be found from September to May on Cow Parsley Anthriscus sylvestris and Burnet-saxifrage Pimpinella saxifraga. It overwinters as a larva.

Bradley & Fletcher number: 1708 Agassiz number: 70.011

Additional information:

UK Moths account


 Thompson, R. S. & Nelson, B., 2003 (Oct 2). [In] The Butterflies and Moths of Northern Ireland