© Robin Howard
Phlogophora meticulosa (Linnaeus, 1758)
La Craintive, la Méticuleuse
A plurivoltine species on the wing from March to December but it can be recorded in any month of the year. In most years it is an infrequent visitor to light although in 2008 it proved to be common throughout the summer and autumn. A species recorded from all habitats but is most commonly found in woodland of all types.
Eggs are laid singly or in small clutches on the leaves of various herbaceous plants. Larvae feed on a range of herbaceous material with pupation taking place in a cocoon just under the soil surface or other suitable, soft areas.