Female: Head marked with dark yellow, black and ivory areas. The thorax is black but with tegulae and pronotal corners marked with yellow. Abdomen black with tergites 2 to 5 and apically orange-brown. The stigma of the forewing is bicolorous.
Male: Head black with yellow genae and temples. The underside of the thorax and abdomen is largely yellow. The abdomen is black with a varying amount of yellowish-brown at least on tergites 4 and 5 and the lateral faces of the following tergites. The stigma is less conspicuously bicolorous (basally brownish-yellow and apically light brown).
A single egg is laid on the underside of a rose leaflet. The larvae feeds inside a leaf roll made by adding in other leaflets to form a cigar-like roll.
Size: 7 - 11mm
Status: Uncommon, but widespread
Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland
Flight period: May to June
Plant associations: Rosa spp and occasionally Prunus spinosa (thin-leaved roses and occasionally blackthorn)
The National Biodiversity Network records are shown on the map below. (See terms and conditions)
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