Common in a wide range of habitats, including woodland, downland, hedgerows and gardens throughout the British Isles. In Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight fairly widespread and common. Wingspan 39-45 mm. The main confusion species is Beautiful Golden Y A. pulchrina
, in which reniform stigma dark purplish brown, dorsal half at least finely outlined pale golden (MBGBI Vol 10). Larva feeds on a wide variety of plants, including Stinging Nettle, White Dead-nettle, Red Dead-nettle, Hogweed and Honeysuckle.