Wingspan about 12 to 15 mm. As the scientific name morosa suggests, the adult moths are rather dingy in colour, with generally just a single faint yellowish dorsal spot, unlike most of the other species in the group which tend to be rather more brightly marked.
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Wherever Rose species occur.
Adult moths are on the wing in May and June.
The host foodplant is rose (Rosa), the larvae feeding inside the buds.
A rather local species throughout much of the British mainland, with records from Cornwall to northern Scotland, but nowhere common. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as Nationally Scarce B.
Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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