There are two distinct forms of this species, the typical has patches of metallic green scales giving it an attractive sheen in the correct light. A melanic form, f. capucina, is found in suburban areas, and shows much less green.
Pupates in loose soil.
Broadleaved woodland, scrub and gardens.
Recorded in 91 (33.7%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.
Last recorded in November 2019
Recorded date range (Adult): 13 July to 24 November
Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 15 April to 11 June