A small reddish moth which can vary from pinkish to pinkish-brown with one or two dark central dots on the forewings. The hindwings are bright pinkish-red with greyish markings. Wingspan 28 to 38mm.
The caterpillar feeds on various herbaceous plants.
It flies in two generations, April to June and July to September.It flies during the day or night and is attracted to light. Found in various open habitats, including open woodland, moorland, heathland, and gardens. Widespread and locally common throughout.
July 2013, rear garden, Staffordshire. Nikon Coolpix P500. © Pete Hillman 2013.