Nationally scarce (Nb) on waste ground in parts of southern England and southern Wales, with records north to Yorkshire. In Hampshire last recorded at Micheldever in 1970. On the Isle of Wight, the species was established around Ventnor in the nineteenth century. Wingspan 18-25 mm. This species is most easily recognised by the narrow dark oval surrounding the pale discal area [Goater]. Larva feeds within roots of Wormwood.