Wingspan 21-26 mm. This species has a distinct whitish streak against a yellow-brown ground colour. This pattern is similar to several other species and they can be rather difficult to separate.
Most grassy areas.
Flying from June to August, the adults are on the wing at night when they are attracted to light but are easily disturbed during the day from their grassy resting-places.
Larva feeds within roots of various grasses, living within a silken tube or tent.
Widespread and common in 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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