Wingspan 14 to19 mm. The plainest-looking of our native Pyrausta species.
This moth occupies suitably chalky and limestone habitats.
It is double-brooded, with flight periods in May and June, and later in July and August.
The larvae feed on Ribwort Plantain and Greater Plantain, often in groups, in silken galleries.
Found in suitable habitats throughout the British Isles. In the Butterfly Conservations Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.
It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015