Wingspan 21-23mm. A fairly plain browny-white moth with a dark mark on the wings.
Grassland and scrub where Thistles are present, also known to enjoy coastal locations.
The adults are found on the wing during June and July.
The life history is incompletely known but it is thought to feed on various Thistles
An infrequent species, of which there are relatively few records. It was first found in 1957 in a Huntingdonshire fen, which seems to be increasing its range and has since spread to various locations in Central and Southern England.
Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland, though possibly increasing. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant)
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