Common in gardens, hedgerows, fens and woodland rides, and on rough ground and at freshwater margins throughout the British Isles, a species of conservation concern under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan. In Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight widespread and locally common. Wingspan 34-50 mm. Fairly unmistakable, but variable in size. Larva feeds in the tap-roots of plants such as Dock, Hop, Plantain, Woundwort and Burdock, over-wintering as an egg.