Fig 1

ADULT:  Wingspan - 45 to 50mm. A large and obvious species with the blunt forewings sporting a series of small blackish dashes/crescents along the outer edge with some fine dark arrowhead shapes nearby. The forewings are also marked elsewhere with black dots and several creamy white branched lines.  LARVA: The larvae feed on the stems of Reedmace and Lesser Reedmace. BEHAVIOUR: Overwinters as an egg while adults come to light, sometimes a considerable distance from the breeding site.HABITAT: Fens, marshes, ponds, lakes and ditches. FLIGHT PERIOD: July to September. STATUS: Frequent throughout provided the habitat is found.

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