Common on rough meadows, parkland, field-edges and chalk downland throughout much of the British Isles. In Hampshire generally widespread and fairly common. On the Isle of Wight, there is just one record, on Tennyson Down in 1987. Wingspan 10-14 mm. Can be confused with S. pauperella
but both are reliably distinguished by their genitalia. Larva mines leaves of Thistle, both Carduus
, and Colt's-foot.