Local in gardens, marshes, hedgerows and damp woodland throughout much of the British Isles. In Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight an uncommon species, although it does not come readily to light and is probably under-recorded; most recent records have been of singletons at light or on flowers such as Buddleia
. Wingspan 36-46 mm. Both Bordered Gothic Heliophobus reticulata
and Feathered Gothic Tholera decimalis
are similar, but they both have a series of wedge-shaped marks in the subterminal region. Larva feeds on various herbaceous and woody plants.