Common in gardens and hedgerows throughout much of the British Isles. In Hampshire widespread and fairly common. There have been no recent records from the Isle of Wight. Wingspan 16-22 mm. This is one of three closely related and difficult to separate species (see E. trimaculana
and E. rosaecolana
). Differs from E. rosaecolana
by the heavier basal patch which is darker and has the outer edge sharply defined and parallel with the termen [Bradley]. Larva feeds on Wild Rose and Cultivated Rose, living within a spun or rolled leaf, over-wintering as an egg.