The sexes are similar but the male is smaller and darker than the female. The upperwings are a dark brown, almost black with a conspicuous broad white band across both wings. On the male a small orange mark can be seen on the upper hindwing. this orange highlights the darker marking that edge the upperwings. The underwings are a bright orange bronze, also with the white band with additional white near the body.
End June – mid-August.
Larval Food plants
Honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum)
Woodland with lots of shade.
Frequent, local, only in woodland.
Green Lane Wood
Red Lodge Wood
Earliest county record 2nd June 2011, Bentley Wood (David Lambert)
Latest county record
29th August 1977