Wingspan 24 to 30 mm. Agdistis bennetii has a very distinctive resting posture, with its narrow wings held forward, and the front part of the body raised on the long forelegs. Unlike the other members of the Pterophoridae, the Agdistinae have forewings which are not cleft or separated into 'plumes'.
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Usually found in Salt-marsh areas where the larvae feed on Sea-lavender.
Adults fly in July and August, when they can be attracted by light.
This is a very local species, which occurs mainly in salt-marshes in the south and east of England. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.
Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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