Wingspan 12 to17 mm. This is a very variable species. There are many variations, though one of the more distinctive is f. decorana, which shows an orange area over the mid-part of the forewing.
In areas where the larval foodplant is common.
Adults emerge in July and August.
The larvae feed on Willow and Poplar during the spring.
Widely distributed and fairly common throughout Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.
Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident).
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