Wingspan 18-23 mm. Fairly distinctive with its yellowish ground colour and darker banding, it is one of the easier species to identify in its group.
This species lives in open habitat on dry soils on old dunes, limestone and chalk grassland, waste ground, embankments quarries etc.
The usual flight period is between June and August.
The larva feeds and lives in the rootstock of Ribwort Plantain and other plantain species.
Found mainly in southern England and south Wales. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.
Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant)
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