Common in a wide range of habitats, including roadside verges, damp meadows, moorland and sea cliffs throughout the British Isles; widely distributed in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight, but reported much less often than formerly. Wingspan 30-36 mm. The main confusion species is Lychnis H. bicruris
, which see for difference. Larva feeds on seeds of White Campion, Red Campion, Sea Campion and Ragged Robin.