Gardens, hedgerows, woodland, fens and orchards.
Extremely variable species with several forms.
The nominate form has a forewing demarcated centrally, with a white basal half showing a large dark patch on the dorsum and a ferruginous/black distal half.
As above but with no dark patch on the dorsum.
Forewing ground colour yellow/brown.
forewing colour brown rather than black.
White with obsolescent markings except for a dark costal blotch to the forewing.
Melanic all dark.
Recorded in 64 (93%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1914.
Last Recorded in 2020.