Length 3 to 3.5 mm. This is a small species that bears a strong resemblance to the genus Arboridia. However, the lack of distinct markings on the face is usually enough to separate it. It has two dark spots on the vertex but lacks the surrounding brownish pattern seen in Arboridia. The dark streaks in the forewing cells are also generally less developed than Arboridia, although they can be variable.
Its native foodplants are foxglove and red campion, but it can also found on cultivated garden and indoor plants such as tomato.
Adult: August to March
Historically this species seems to have had a western distribution but it is now spreading further.
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