A rare immigrant from mainland Europe, first recorded in Essex in 1970, after which it turned up in small numbers as a migrant on the southern and eastern coasts of England. A resident population is now known to be breeding in Kent. In our area, on the Isle of Wight, one was recorded in Ventnor in June 2003, but not recorded from Hampshire to date. Wingspan 30-32 mm. Tawny-barred Angle M. liturata
and Peacock Moth M. notata
are similar, but the former has a reddish subterminal fascia, and the latter has the termen notched. Larva feeds on Norway Spruce and Scots Pine.