Fig 1
ADULT: Wingspan 40-52mm.  The forewing is black with creamy markings.  The hindwing is a brilliant red with black spots.  The abdomen is orange with rows of black spots. CHRYSALIS: Found in a loose cocoon in leaf litter. LARVA: September - May.  Feeds on various herbaceous plants such as willow-herb, nettle and honeysuckle. BEHAVIOUR: Attracted to light.  Has feeding preference for Buddleia.  Will fly throughout the day in hot weather. HABITAT: Gardens, open bare and waste ground, hedgerows. FLIGHT PERIOD: Single brooded.  July to September. STATUS: Resident.  Locally common in southern England.  Possible immigrant.

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