Wingspan 10 to 14 mm. This is a small attractive yellow mottled species, the upper wing is marked with metallic blue-grey striations, edged with rufous, and the two black dots are in fact small raised tufts of black scales.
Occupying gardens and hedgerows.
Flying from late afternoon onwards during June and July, it is also attracted to light.
The larvae feed on the leaves and shoots of rose bushes.
It is quite common over most of Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.
Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident).
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