A largely northern species, occurring from Lancashire and Yorkshire northwards with a few records from further south.
Occupying woodland and moorland/hillsides with plenty of the foodplant birch
, the early stages are very similar to those of
, initially forming a gallery, then later a fold in a leaf.
There is a single generation, with adults flying in May-June and larvae present in July -August.
Checklist of Lepidoptera Recorded from The British Isles, Second Edition (Revised) (2000)