Quite a stunning reddish moth which is one of the first to be seen heralding in the spring and one of the last to be seen in autumn. The adult hibernates over winter in barns and outbuildings, and other sheltered locations such as caves. It is well camouflaged amongst dead leaf litter. Wingspan 40 to 45mm.
The caterpillar feeds on Willows, Aspen, and other poplar
The adults fly March to November. Found in gardens, parkland, woodland and other places where the food plants grows. Common and widespread.
Photographs taken May 2011, rear garden, Staffordshire. Camera Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38. © Pete Hillman 2011.