ADULT: Wingspan up to 19mm. This somewhat plain grass moth has forewings that are brown with a whitish median streak that terminates with branches along veins 2-5, often separated by dark fuscous scales. The wings also sport a terminal series of black dots with a metallic cilia. The hindwings are dark grey. LARVA: The larva is pale pinkish-ochreous with brown spots and a brown head. They feed on the base of grass stems. BEHAVIOUR: Attracted to light and easily disturbed by day. HABITAT: Grassland, gardens, woodland, heathland and fens. FLIGHT PERIOD: July and August. STATUS: Regarded as a common UK species.
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