The Shears Hada plebeja
(Linnaeus, 1761)[Synonyms: nana]
Wingspan 30-35 mm.
Fairly common and widespread throughout a large part of Britain, and frequenting a wide variety of habitats, there is quite a variation in ground colour, with generally paler individuals occurring further south.
It flies from May to July, with a partial second generation in the south.
The larvae feed nocturnally on such low plants as dandelion (Taraxacum) and hawk's-beard (Crepis spp.).