The wings are entirely plain, light to dark muddy-brown in colour. The adults fly by day in sunshine and can sometimes be found in large numbers. Also occasionally recorded at light traps.

The larvae feed from late June to early September, preferring the flowers and floral leaves. They overwinter as pupae.

Size and Family

  • Family – Carpets and Allies (Larentiines)
  • Small Sized 
  • Wingspan Range 18-23mm

Conservation Status

  • UK BAP: Priority species
  • Scarce (Nationally Scarce B)

Caterpillar Food Plants

Wood Spurge (Euphorbia amygdaloides)


Woodland rides, clearings and coppice.


  • Countries – England and Wales
  • Nationally Scarce B. Very local in Kent, also parts of southern England, southern West Midlands and the Welsh borders. In Wales occurs only in Monmouthshire.
  • Distribution Trend Since 1970’s = Britain: Declining


Drab Looper by Dave Green

Drab Looper

Drab Looper

Drab Looper