The vernacular name of this species refers to the forewing markings which appear to show an old lady or witch's head, refering to 'Old Mother Shipton', the 16th century Yorkshire witch.
Pupates between grass stems or in loose soil.
Grassland, heathland and meadows.
Recorded in 61 (22.6%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.
Last recorded in August 2020
Recorded date range (Adult): 25 April to 01 August
Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 18 May to 22 May