Small White Wave

  • Small White Wave
    Small White Wave

Scientific name: Asthena albulata

May - July. Britain and Ireland. A small white moth, with delicate brown wavy lines. Often found near hazel, hornbeam, birch and wild rose. Found in broad-leaved woodland, such as overgrown hazel coppice.

The pure white forewings, delicately marked with brown, wavy cross-lines, and silky appearance, combined with its small size are characteristic of this species. Very easily disturbed by day. Flies just before dusk and after dark.

Size and Family

  • Family – Carpets and Allies (Larentiines)
  • Small Sized 

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Common

Particular Caterpillar Food Plants

Hazel, Hornbeam, birches and Wild Rose.


  • Countries – England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland
  • Widely distributed over England, Wales, becoming scarcer and more westerly in mainland Scotland north to Caithness. Thinly distributed in northern and western parts of Ireland. Rare on the Channel Islands.


Frequents broad-leaved woodland, particularly ancient woodland, possibly preferring more shady situations.