Wingspan 40mm. The fore-wings are grey-brown with a broad golden-yellow bar. They also have a kidney mark and oval mark on the golden bar.
Woodland edge, grasslands and marshes. The caterpillars feed on the leaves of thistles, burdocks, figworts, ragworts and hemp-agrimony.
Status and distribution
Common and widespread throughout most of Britain. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.
Best time to see
August to September.