Wingspan 13-16 mm. The typical form of this moth has a dark triangular patch on the forewing but a fairly common variation is Epinotia ramella var. costana, which has an all dark forewing with a pale edge on the costa.
Well wooded areas containing the food plants.
The adults fly from July into October
The larvae feed on the catkins of Birch and Willow.
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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