A fairly variable moth in colouration, but generally brownish with distinct cross-lines and cross-band. It is unlikely to be confused with any other species. Wingspan 25 to 33mm.
The caterpillar feeds on other moth larvae as well as the leaves of various broadleaved trees and shrubs.
The adults fly July to September. Found in various habitats where there are trees and shrubs, especially woodland, hedgerows, parks and gardens. Common and widespread throughout.
July 2011, rear garden, Staffordshire.. © Pete Hillman 2011.