Fig 1
ADULT: Wingspan - 22 - 28mm. The central crossband with its distinctive reddish colour and black cross-lines is highly recognisable depsite being prone to variability. The moth has a grey ground colour and a smaller reddish area at the base of the wing. CHRYSALIS: Hibernates as pupa in a cocoon among plant debris. LARVA: Feeds on a variety of crucifers. Two-tone in colour primaily dark with two paler bands along each flank. Slightly hairy. EGG: Located on foodplant. BEHAVIOUR: Attracted to light. HABITAT: Woodland areas, gardens, parks, fens, heaths and hedgerows. FLIGHT PERIOD: 2 generations. May to June and again in August.

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