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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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13 August, 2010

Common White Wave (Cabera pursaria)

Some moths are easily disturbed from their daily slumbers as they await nightfall and a return to active life. It does not take a lot sometimes, perhaps the merest brush against a bush or a shoe near grass or vegetation is enough to get them to spring in to action.

Mostly, these seems to be Geometrid moths that are inclined to do this and the Common White Wave is certainly one of the more frequently seen. It is a small moth, pure white with wavy veins running though the wings and some speckles to go with them.

A common moth of woodlands and scrub everywhere, it has two broods down here in Dorset, the second brood is just emerging now which will be the off spring of those on the wing earlier in the year in May and June.