Local on calcareous grassland in southern England and along the coasts of Britain and Ireland. In Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight it has never been a common species, but still a sporadic visitor to light almost anywhere, although distinctly uncommon in the New Forest. Wingspan 33-39 mm. The main confusion species is Varied Coronet Hadena compta
, which see for differences. Larva feeds on seedpods of Sea Campion, Bladder Campion and Rock Sea-spurrey, over-wintering as a pupa.