Wingspan 24 to 29 mm. The adults of this quite attractive species have a subtle pattern of red, black and grey on the upper wings.
Various especially in well wooded areas containing Oak.
The single generation is on the wing in July and August, when it flies from dusk into the night and is attracted to light.
The larvae feed on Oak, spinning leaves together with silk.
Most British records come from England especially southern England. It can be reasonably common in suitable habitat. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.
Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)
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