Common on heathland, moorland, downland, scrubland, open woodland and shingle beaches throughout much of the British Isles. In Hampshire, generally annually reported from the heaths of the New Forest but very irregular in the north-east of the county, and rare or absent elsewhere (the last Isle of Wight record was in 2004 (as of 2017). Wingspan 32-38 mm. Very similar to Lead Belle S. mucronata
, which see for differences. Larva feeds on Dyer's Greenweed, Gorse and Petty Whin.