Morley’s Final Catalogue: Widely distributed in both east and west. Bawdsey cliff in 1933 (Wir); Orford in July 1902 (Gbs); Leiston (Grey); Aldeburgh in plenty, Thorp and Southwold (Ctw). Brandon (Barrett); Elveden (Williams); Tuddenham (Wrt), where Meek found it abundantly in August 1884 (Ent. xvii, 278 & xix, 106).
Recent Status: Common in the Sandlings and Breckland.
Life Style: A single brooded species flying during June, July and August. The larvae feed on flowers and seeds of Achillea millefolium, Artemisia campestre and Anthemis cotula. The larvae hibernate in a cocoon on the ground and may re-commence feeding again in spring before pupation.
Identification: An easily identified species with a consistent patterning.
Recorded in 19 (33%) of 58 10k Squares. First Recorded in 1884. Last Recorded in 2021. Additional Stats