The wingspan is 36–41 mm. Very similar to Lacanobia contiguaThe forewing ground colour is red-brown, violet brown, silver-grey and dark brown shades. The reniform and orbicular stains are large and partially reddish tinted. The basal dash is very dark and striking. The midfield and extreme marginal area also stand out also dark, while the inner marginal field is coloured grey-brown to silver-grey. In the subterminal light wavy line, a large W character is visible, which serves as the basis for the Latin name w-latinum. The hindwings are grey-brown and mostly without markings but slightly darkened at the edge, only the dark veins emerge more clearly.
The moth flies from June to July depending on the location.
Main habitat are warm slopes, mixed forests, bushy heaths and park-like landscapes.In the mountains, it rises to a height of about 1600 meters.
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