Wingspan 50 - 60mm. A large moth with beautifully camouflaged fore-wings in shades of brown to black, and bright yellow hind-wings with a broad black sub-terminal band.
Grasslands, hedgerows and woodland edge. The caterpillar feeds on a wide variety of herbaceous plants including grasses, docks and foxgloves.
Status and distribution
Common and widespread throughout Britain. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.
Best time to see
May to November.