A small attractive species belonging to the family Noctuidae. It is widespread in spruce and coniferous forests in the northern and eastern parts of the Alps and across Europe including Russia, Korea, and Japan. It has undoubtedly benefited from the expansion of spruce plantations across Europe and has a preference for those with cool, humid conditions. There is a single generation a year.
The larvae feed on Picea and are conspicuous on the branches of the foodplant where they rest openly. August and September are the best months to see them.