Common in sand-dunes, shingle beaches, rough grassland, chalk downland and gardens throughout the British Isles. Widespread and common in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight. Wingspan 28-35 mm. Broad dark grey or blackish central band on white or greyish-white forewing, which has a straight leading edge, usually makes this an unmistakable species, but occasionally ground-colour is grey (MBGBI Vol 9). Larva feeds on flower buds and flowers of Beaked, Marsh, Rough and Smooth Hawk's-beard, and Mouse-ear Hawkweed, over-wintering as a pupa.