This species is relatively easy to identify with its often brassy looking abdomen, the grey stripes on its thorax and the two wing ‘clouds’ (dark marks).
Woodland and well wooded hedgerows where it likes to sun itself on tree trunks.
When to see it
March to November, peaking in June.
Larvae have been recorded from sap wounds on the trunks of Oak and Ash. Trees infested by Goat Moth seem to be favoured.
Widespread in Britain but rarely common…. Naturespot