Wingspan about 10 mm. This is one of the smaller Dicrorampha species and can be distinguished by the broadly rectangular cream-coloured dorsal blotch.
It prefers unkept verges and embankments, where Yarrow is common.
Flies in the afternoon and towards dusk. Adults are on the wing in June, and rest on the flowers of the foodplants.
The larvae, rather like other Dichrorampha species, feed internally in the rootstocks of the foodplant, Yarrow.
Occurring fairly locally in the southern counties, ranging to the Midlands and Wales. In the Butterfly Conservation’s 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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