Wingspan about 20mm.
The species has the potential to be a pest in horticultural establishments, and there have been reported outbreaks in nurseries. On the continent it already has become such a pest in certain areas, and feeds on a wide range of host plants.
The adults have generally been found on the wing in May and June.
Adventive species in Britain.
An adventive species generally thought to be imported with cultivated plants. The first British record was of one found indoors in 1996, and there have been several indoor records since. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as Migrant/Adventive.
Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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