The caterpillar is up to 40 mm long, and thin like a looper with just 3 pairs of prolegs. It feeds on clover and similar plants. The eggs are laid in June and hatch after 3 weeks. In September they pupate and overwinter. The adults emerge the following year in May or June.
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Adults fly in June, July and August. Wingspan 16 - 20 mm. Found in a wide variety of habitats, but always near nettles, the foodplant of the caterpillar. More on the Snout and similar moths.
Caterpillar feeds on low-growing plants. Adults fly from May - July, wingspan 24-28 mm. More on the Silver-ground carpet moth