Quite a variable species of macro-moth. One form has a large light-brownish patch on the forewings, whilst others are black or dark brown. Wingspan 24 to 30mm.
The adults fly May to June, August to October in two generations. Easily attracted to light.
The caterpillar feeds on various trees and shrubs.
Found most places, from gardens, woods and grassland. A common and widespread species.
June 2013, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2013.