Angle-striped Sallow - Enargia paleacea


Wingspan 40 to 60 mm. Quite distinctive, even though the forewings vary in colour and in strength of markings. The forewing is broad with a slightly hooked tip and usually yellow to orange-yellow. There is also a fine, roughly centrally elbowed inner central cross line and curved outer cross line.

Identification difficulty

It inhabits heaths and open woodland.

When to see it

The resident population flies in July and August, the migrants slightly earlier.

Life History

The larvae feed on Silver Birch and Downy Birch.

UK Status

With two main areas of scattered distribution, in central England and central Scotland, this species also occurs in southern England as an immigrant. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as Nationally Scarce B.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).

73.211 BF2313

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map