Wingspan 18 to 22 mm. The notched and hooked forewings of this species create a very distinctive outline, but the depth of the emargination varies, and can even be absent.
Around the larval foodplants.
Flying from July to September.
The larvae feed on the leaves and shoots of trees such as Willow, Poplar and Birch.
The species is commonest in the south of Britain, becoming less common further north. 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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