Common in gardens and hedgerows throughout much of Britain and western Ireland. In Hampshire widespread and fairly common. There have been very few recent records from the Isle of Wight. Wingspan 16-20 mm. This is one of three closely related and difficult to separate species (see E. trimaculana
and E. roborana
). A generally larger species than E. trimaculana
with the forewing somewhat broader and the costa more strongly curved; the general coloration of the forewing is lighter while the costal strigulae are finer and more oblique [Bradley]. Larva feeds on Wild Rose and Cultivated Rose, living within a spun or rolled leaf, over-wintering as an egg.