Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in England and Wales, more local in Scotland, the larva is polyphagous on trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants, and these include bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), dock (Rumex acetosa); larvae are also reputed to feed on dry fallen leaves. In Dorset, the moth is widespread in woodland but at low density. It is most frequently met with in the heart of deciduous woodland on chalky soil in the north-east of the county where it may readily be flushed out from hazel understory during the day. This species is often mistaken for the Lesser Cream Wave; 'Cream Waves' seen from late June onwards are more likely to be Lesser Cream Wave which tend to frequent more open habitat.