Wingspan around 20 mm. It is easily distinguished with its one or two angled cross-lines and metallic golden fringe to the forewings.
Grassland, rough meadows and gardens.
This species flies in June and July. Its normal flight time is at night, when it is attracted to light. By day it rests head-down on grass stalks and is easily disturbed.
The larvae feed on the stems of various types of grasses, usually at the base.
One of our commonest 'grass moths' often abundant throughout Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.
Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)
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