Geometridae: Sterrhinae

1696 (ABH70.003) Bright Wave Idaea ochrata, (Scopoli, 1763)



General Information

A very small, sandy/light brown moth. Forewing pointed. Small black/brown dots on wing fringes which might be difficult to see. The two central cross-lines are usually clearly defined with the inner band being stronger. A third inner line is sometimes just visible.


Pupates in plant debris on the ground.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a larva.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.
Flies during the day

Forewing length: 10-12mm.
Foodplant(s): herbs
Flying: One generation, mid June-early August
UK Presence: Resident, Possible Immigrant
National status: Red Data Book


Coastal. Vegetated shingle and grasses/herbs growing on stabilised sand.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Huntingdonshire.

Similar Species
Tawny Wave Scopula rubiginata

Red Data Book

Larva Type:
Brown, green
No. of Proleg Pairs: