A recognisable species with bright straw-coloured stripes running along the leading edges of the forewings, with a second black band behind. The rest of the wings are a rather plain reddish-brown colour.
Flies wildly when it comes to light. The larvae can be seen from June to July and September to October in the south, or August to September in the north, before they overwinter as pupae just below the ground.
Size and Family
- Family – Darts, yellow underwings and clays (Noctuidae)
- Medium sized
- Wingspan Range – 24-30mm
- UK BAP: Not listed
Caterpillar Food Plants
Bedstraws, docks, Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris), Ribwort Plantain (Plantago lanceolate) and other low lying herbaceous plants.
Found in a broad range of habitats including gardens, hedgerows, farmland, grasslands, woodland and wetlands.
- Countries – England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland
- Widespread and abundant throughout Great Britain, the Isle of Man, Ireland and the Channel Islands but not recorded from Shetland.
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