A common moth in England but more local further north. Rests with wings tightly rolled, resembling a small cross. Usually a greyish-white to brown in colour. Each pair of spurs on the hind legs has one spur longer than the other.

Caterpillars feed in two overlapping generations from late May to September.

The adult moth is often seen on fence posts, walls and even indoors where they are attracted to light. Can also be found at Ivy blossom, ripe blackberries and, in spring, at sallow blossom.

Flight Season

Flies at dusk from September to May in a single generation but can be seen in any month of the year.

Size and Family

  • Family – Pterophorinae
  • Small Sized
  • Wingspan Range – 18-27mm

Conservation Status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Common resident

Caterpillar Food Plants

The caterpillars feed on Bindweeds (Convolvulus and Calystegia spp.), including Hedge Bindweed and Field Bindweed; on small leaves, flowers and developing seeds. Also recorded by on Morning glory (Ipomoea), Chenopodiumspp. and Atriplex spp.

Habitat

Can be found in a wide range of habitats, including woodland, scrub, hedgerows and gardens.

Distribution

  • Countries – England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland

  • Common resident

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