Wingspan 9 mm. A tiny, but distinctively marked species, with pale yellow shoulder patches and scale tufts along its back.
It can be found in any habitat where the food plant grows.
It has two generations in the year, flying during May and again in August.
The larvae feed on the leaves of Rosebay Willowherb
Fairly frequent and widespread in Britain but easily overlooked due to its tiny size. 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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