Local in open woodland, scrub, hedgerows and gardens on alkaline soils throughout England and Wales. In Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight well distributed on the chalk, more thinly in the north-east and New Forest. Wingspan 12-14 mm. Plain appearance, small size and lack of discal spot distinguishes adult from all but Lead-coloured Pug E. plumbeolata
from which separated by ochreous base of the abdomen. Larva feeds on flower buds of Traveller's-joy and Cultivated Clematis, over-wintering as a pupa.