ADULT: Wingspan 29-32mm. A quite variable moth with grey stippled rounded forewings that have several tawny to pale rust crossbands. All markings vary in intensity. The hindwings are white with a narrow brown line on the outer edge. The hindwing has a doubly-folded lobe on the upperside of the trailing edge, which is only attached to the wing near the base. LARVA: The larvae can be found in July on Aspen and other Poplar species. CHRYSALIS: Overwinters in this stage in a cocoon just below the ground. BEHAVIOUR: Rests by day on tree trunks. Attracted to light. HABITAT: Gardens and woodland. FLIGHT PERIOD: May to June. STATUS: Scattered distribution mainly southern England and Scotland.
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