Pink-barred Sallow - Xanthia togata

    Description

    Wingspan 27-30 mm. A rather variable mix of yellow undertones and pink to maroon markings, it is best identified by its reddish head and upper shoulders.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Frequenting mainly damp woodland and marshy areas.

    When to see it

    It is single-brooded, flying in September and October, when it will visit sugar as well as artificial light.

    Life History

    The young larvae feed inside the catkins of Willow and when more mature, on a range of herbaceous plants.

    UK Status

    A widespread and fairly common species over much of the British Isles. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

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

    Reference
    73.181 BF2273

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    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
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