Common in gardens, hedgerows, roadside verges, woodland edges and scrubby grassland throughout the British Isles; common and well distributed in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight. Wingspan 33-38 mm. The main confusion species is Spinach E. mellinata
, with which it shares distinctive resting posture, but central band usually concolorous with forewing, and fringes of forewing plain, not chequered as in Spinach E. mellinata
. Larva feeds on Cleavers and various bedstraws, over-wintering as an egg.