ADULT: Wingspan 38-46mm. A quite thickset and ornate moth with dark brown forewings touched with reddish areas and marked with black-edged white crosslines and kidney and orbicular spots. The hindwings are distinctly straw coloured and have a broad blackish band at the margin. CHRYSALIS: Found in underground chamber. LARVA: Brown with dark markings and feeding on various grasses. BEHAVIOUR: Attracted to light and nectar rich flowers. The larvae are nocturnal feeders. HABITAT: Grassland, moors and downs as well as coastal gardens. FLIGHT PERIOD: One generation. July to August. Comes to light. STATUS: Resident. Locally common but scarce in South-West.
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