Beautiful Brocade Lacanobia contigua
([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Wingspan 36-42 mm.
Distributed widely, but locally and discontinuously, over a large part of Britain, this moth frequents woodland, moorland and heathland.
There is a single generation, flying in June and July and the moths can be attracted by the use of either light or sugar.
There are a couple of similar species, but this moth shows a distinct pale patch joining the orbicular stigma to the subterminal line, and tends to look shorter-winged.
The caterpillars live on a wide variety of trees, bushes and herbaceous plants.