Wingspan 20-25 mm. A distinctive species which has a noticeable blackish patch of raised scale-tufts at about one-third distance from the head.
Hedgerows and scrubby areas.
It and has two generations, flying in June and July and again in September and October.
The larvae feed internally in the berries of Spindle.
It is distributed mainly in southern England but not common. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.
Uncommon with few records from Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded)
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