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An uncommon species in Belgium, except in the Kempen where it is fairly common.
Wingspan 13–15 mm. Grey forewing with a well defined white subquadrate dorsal blotch which extends more diffusely to the costa as a median fascia, terminal area ferruginous-brown with a weak ocellus of 3 or 4 black streaks that may coalesce to form an ill-defined blackish blotch, proximal to the ocellus there is a variable line of white scales and proximal to this there is a more constant dark brown blotch, the grey ground colour is variably irrorate with black and white scales.
The larva constructs a tubular spinning on the food plant. It leaves this habitation to feed on the adjacent needles. Pupation takes place during the spring amongst leaf-litter on the ground.
They fly about the tops of the trees in afternoon sunshine till dusk and later come to light.
The adults usually fly from late April till well into July, occasionally later. Most observations during May.
It inhabits clearings in pine plantations and also on isolated trees, especially on heathland.