The wingspan is 15-24 mm. A yellowish moth with russet coloured markings on the wings.
Found in many habitats including grassland, fens, open woodland, heathland, waste places and gardens where foodplant thistle occurs.
From June through August.
Flies mainly at dusk or at night, but it can easily be disturbed during the day. Larval foodplant is Thistle.
Common and widespread, although most British records come from southern and north-western England. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.
Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)
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