Common in damp grassland, marshes, fens, woodland and gardens throughout much of the British Isles. In Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight widespread and fairly common in all three vice-counties. Wingspan 22-26 mm. Characterised by mottled reddish fuscous forewing, especially on costa and termen, with a median band between ante- and postmedian lines which forms a central bar along the dorsum (MBGBI Vol 10). Larva feeds on various grasses, including Tufted Hair-grass.