A species of woodland, hedgerows, scrub and gardens and parks even in urban areas.
Overwinters as a small larva and adults come readily to light.
Note This is the commonest member of a group that can cause problems. The most obvious feature is the two cross-lines that converge and almost meet on the hind margin of the wing.The outer cross-line is kinked where it meets the costa and is then almost straight up to the rear margin of the wing. Melanics are common. Try and take a photo of the underside of the forewing where there is a pale square patch without darker edging at the tip. Most often confused with Great Oak Beauty.
Recorded in 120 (86%) of 140 10k Squares. First Recorded in 1869. Last Recorded in 2022. (Data up to end 2022) Additional Stats