Common in a wide variety of habitats, including gardens, hedgerows, river-banks, fens, woodland edges and rough grassland throughout the British Isles. Widespread and common in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight. Wingspan 35-43 mm. Superficially resembles the rare immigrant Slender Burnished Brass Thysanoplusia orichalcea
and nationally scarce Scarce Burnished Brass Diachrysia chryson
, which see for differences. Larva feeds on Stinging Nettle, White Dead-nettle, Wild Marjoram, Lesser Burdock and Spear Thistle.