Wingspan 9-13 mm. A very distinctive species, having two orange blotches on a chocolate brown forewing.
Hedgerows, rough ground and woodland edges, favouring Hogweed.
Flying in June and July, the moths can be found in the afternoons on the flowers of the foodplant, Hogweed.
The larvae spin seeds of Hogweed together and feed on the seeds inside the spinning.
It is distributed throughout Britain and Ireland. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.
Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire & Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)
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