Local in broad-leaved woodland and scrub throughout much of England and Wales, also in western Ireland. In Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight considered to be a very rare moth until the advent of m.v. light; it is now known to be widespread and fairly common, though only recorded from the north of the Island. Wingspan 35-42 mm. Larva feeds on various broad-leaved trees, including Downy Birch, Alder and Goat Willow, over-wintering as a pupa.