I think that this is a Cream wave, but I would appreciate confirmation of that
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Thanks Wil - I thought that the wings, being so rounded, may be a pointer to Lesser Cream Wave, but the lack of a spot on the forewings seemed to indicate that it was, indeed, Cream Wave!
The rounded hidwing and lack of spots points to Common Wave not Cream Wave?
I agree with Common Wave, the wing shape is too rounded for the other suggestions.
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Thanks so much, everyone!
If you're using a standard field guide it's easy to overlook that there are "waves" in several places in the book, and a similar situation exists for things like "emeralds". One way round this is to use the search/thumbnails option on UKmoths. For example, if you search for the word "wave" on UKmoths you'll get a list of every moth that has "wave" as part of its name, but you can also then click on the "view thumbnails" option, which takes you to this page (NB this shows 1-50 of 86 images):
Similarly, for a page of emeralds that includes Light Emerald (which is the one shown separately from the others in most field guides):
That's really helpful, thanks, Martin - I've used UK Moths in the past but didn't realise that you could do that. I've got caught out this time for exactly the reason you've said regarding the field guides!
Keep up the good work!
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