Wingspan 11 to 13 mm. A distinctive 'pied' appearance makes this moth one of the less difficult to identify.
The moths fly in May and June and are attracted to light.
The larval stages are yet to be fully described in this country although on the Continent it is believed to be associated with Oak as well as mosses on tree-trunks.
It is distributed locally in central and southern England, and occurs in continental Europe. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as Nationally Scarce B.
It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).
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