Wingspan 40 - 46mm. The fore-wings have a scalloped rear edge. They are a pale yellow/buff with a broad, pale purple bar, edged with darker purple with a dark spot near the front edge.
Woodland, scrub and hedgerows. The larvae feed on the leaves of a wide range of woody plants, including blackthorn, hawthorn, birch and honeysuckle.
Status and distribution
Common and widely distributed throughout Britain. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.
Best time to see
June to August.