One of the smaller black and yellow banded species. The fore wing stigma is bicolorous being yellow with a darker apex.
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Associated with dry heaths and chalk downs, especially where Perforate St John's-wort is present.
Late April to June.
Larvae feed on St John's-wort.
An uncommon species mainly recorded in the southern half of Britain.
Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. The 2020 record from Ketton is only the second record for VC55.
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