The distribution of this species is not fully understood, due to confusion with S. larseniella, from which it can only be reliably distinguished by dissection of the genitalia. Reliable records have shown that it occurs locally throughout much of England and Ireland, but is probably scarcer than larseniella.
The larva feeds on birds'-foot-trefoil (Lotus spp.) and maybe also greenweed (Genista).
Flying in July, the adult moths can be attracted to light.