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  Riband Wave Idaea aversata  

B&F: 1713

ABH: 70.016

Status: Resident.

Distribution and Abundance: Very common.

Primary Habitat: General occurrence.

Flight Period: Single brooded in July and August.

Observations: The species is often very common at light, especially in gardens. The banded typical form seems to be less common than the plain form, ab. remutata, in Northamptonshire. Records of plain and banded moths taken at light in 2002 from four sites produces the following results:-
Site             Moths Plain   Banded  % banded
Northampton   226    185      41            18
Pitsford           211    174      37            18
Kettering         200    170      30            15
Boughton Park  50      42       8             16.
Overall seventeen per cent of moths are of the banded form.

L.O.N.: 1907. Many localities. Very common.

First Record: 1882, Hull & Tomalin.