ADULT: Wingspan up to 22mm. A variable species with the main features being a whitish band that curves from the base of the forewing along nearly half of the costa and the pinkish-purple legs of fresh adults. The forewings can be sprinkled with white with a reddish tinge. The hindwings are fuscous-whitish. LARVA: The larva feeds in May and June from lightly spun shoots of Broom, Gorse, Dyer's Greenweed, Petty Whin and Tree Lupin. BEHAVIOUR: Attracted to light. HABITAT: Heathlands, gardens and unimproved grasslands. FLIGHT PERIOD: July to September although some individuals overwinter and may be seen mid-winter. STATUS: A widespread species with a scattered distribution throughout.
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