A fairly distinctive moth in the adult stage, this species has small blackish patches bordered by raised whitish scale-tufts, giving it a noticeably 'rough' appearance.
Various habitats including gardens and well wooded areas.
The adults fly at night in June and July and often visit the light-trap.
The larvae feed on a number of shrubs and trees, including Hawthorn and Blackthorn.
Quite a common species throughout most of Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.
Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant)
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