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Black dot on the forewing is outside the second cross-
In Common White Wave the cross-
Wave moths -
Riband Wave There are two forms of Riband Wave which are both common. One has the dark band which gives the moth its name and the other form (remutata) where this band is plain. It is only remutata which is likely to be confused with other species. Species which should be checked are Plain Wave and Portland Ribbon Wave, but in most places these are not at all common. More common possible confusion species are the Common Wave, Common White Wave and Cream Wave.
Riband Wave Riband Wave ( f. remutata )
Common Wave Common White Wave
In Common Wave the cross-
The family Sterrinhae includes a large number of ‘wave’ moths. Only the common ones are shown here.
Size matters -
1. Wing length about 15mm Riband Wave Common Wave, Common White Wave and Cream Wave.
2. Wing length about 10mm Small fan-
Small dusty wave.
1. Wing length about 15mm
In Cream Wave the outer cross-
Cream Wave often has a black dot near the centre of the hindwing .
The black dot on the hindwing is sometimes small or absent
2. Wing length about 10mm
Treble Brown Spot -
Black mark where the outer cross-
Black blotches in the outer cross-
Light blotches all the way round the outer cross-
Dark brown blotches in the outer cross-
Dwarf Cream Wave
Small Dusty Wave
Dusty appearance due to black speckling.
Line of dashes at the outer edge of the wings; occasional black dots in the fringe.
Leading edge of the wing dark -
Note : There is also a less common species Lesser Cream Wave which is very similar to Cream Wave but slightly smaller and the leading edge of its forewing is far less curved near the wing tip.