Fig 1
ADULT: Wingspan 35-42mm. This moth could be easily disregarded as a grey and black critter with no real colour. Do not be misled - this is a stunning moth with ash-grey forewings covered in tiny deep brown scratches and two prominent almost blackish kidney marks with one or two smaller dark brown flecks beside it. The upper head and collar are distinctive and once again are dark brown. CHRYSALIS: Pupates in cocoon just below ground level. LARVA: Overwinters in this stage and feeds on Tufted Vetch. BEHAVIOUR: Attracted to light and easily disturbed by day. HABITAT: Woodlands and marshland. FLIGHT PERIOD: June to August. STATUS: Resident.  More common in the southern half of Britain.

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