This is a spectacular species, with curving wing margins and large blue and black eye patches on the rear wings, which have pink bases. These eye spots can only be seen when the moth is disturbed, when it flashes them.
Pupates in loose soil.
Gardens, orchards, parks, woodland and riversides.
Recorded in 77 (28.5%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.
Last recorded in July 2019
Recorded date range (Adult): 26 April to 08 September
Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 16 June to 07 September