Wingspan about 11mm. The intensity and extent of the creamy markings on the forewing can be variable, and they are sometimes absent altogether.
This species mainly inhabits dunes, dry grassland and rough pasture where kidney vetch occurs.
There are two generations, flying in May and June and again in August and September.
The larval foodplant is Kidney Vetch.
A local species throughout most of the British Isles, and less frequent in Scotland. In the Butterfly Conservations Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.
It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).
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