An attractive moth with a broad, slightly hooked forewing. Grey-brown in colour with a striking golden-yellow central cross-band, oval and kidney-shaped forewing markings.
Overwinters as an egg. The larvae are present from April to August, feeding inside the lower stem of the foodplant where they also pupate.
Size and Family
- Family – Arches, brindles, minors, rustics and allies (Noctuidae)
- Medium Sized
- Wingspan range – 32-38mm
- UK BAP: Not listed
Caterpillar Food Plants
Robust herbaceous plants; particularly thistles, burdocks and Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea). Sometimes also ragworts, Hemp-agrimony (Eupatorium cannabinum) and figworts.
Rough grassland, woodland rides and edges, disturbed weedy places, ditch-banks, fens, marshes and sometimes gardens.
- Countries – England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland
- Common and well distributed throughout England, Wales and southern, central and north-east mainland Scotland. Local on the Isle of Man, in Ireland and the Channel Islands.