Hedya salicella

Alternative names
White-backed Marble

Wingspan 19-24 mm. A large and distinctive Hedya species, showing large areas of white and a distinctive chestnut and grey crest on the thorax.

Identification difficulty

Various habitats and especially where the food plants are present.

When to see it

The moth flies from June through August and can be attracted to light.

Life History

The larvae feed in spun leaves of Willow and Poplar

UK Status

The species is fairly well distributed in England and Wales. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map