The wings are a combination of smooth grey and white with orange-brown arches. They are active from dusk are frequently attracted to light.

The larvae which are a reddish-brown with two or four cream coloured spots, can be seen from July to mid-October.

Size and Family

  • Family – Thyatiridae
  • Medium Sized
  • Wingspan Range – 34-40mm

Conservation Status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Common

Caterpillar Food Plants

Bramble (Rubus fruiticosus) and Dewberry.


Most numerous in open woodland, particularly coppiced areas and young plantations. Also found in scrubby grassland and other places where Bramble grows.


  • Countries – England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland
  • Common throughout Wales and England as far north as Cumbria, north Yorkshire and the Isle of Man. Very rare in Scotland. Widespread in Ireland and abundant in the Channel Islands. 
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