Nationally scarce (Nb) in damp heathland, mosses, bogs, fens and other damp areas in parts of England. In Hampshire fairly frequent in the New Forest, on boggy heathland; but no recent record from north-east Hampshire where, in 1957, it was reported as being fairly common in the Farnborough area. Not recorded from the Isle of Wight to date. Wingspan 18-20 mm. Small size and day-flying habits could result in confusion with pyralids such as Gold Triangle Hypsopygia costalis
and Pyrausta sanguinalis
. Larva feeds on Marsh Cinquefoil.