Wingspan 26 to 33 mm. The adult moth has a particularly distinctive attenuated resting posture.
It is found mainly in woodlands on chalky soils.
It can be found in flight during August to April.
Adult overwinters in dense cover. The larval foodplant is Spindle.
This is a local species, with a range from southern England up to the Midlands. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.
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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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015