Wingspan 12 to16 mm. A small well marked moth.
Inhabits a range of woodland and open ground areas.
Two generations of this moth occur during the year, the first in April and May, and later from July to August. It is active in the late afternoon into the evening.
The larvae feed on the leaves of pea (Lathyrus), vetch (Vicia) and clover (Trifolium). The second generation larvae overwinter in a state of diapause.
Widespread and fairly common in much 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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