The Sallow - Cirrhia icteritia

Alternative names
Sallow Moth, Xanthia icteritia

Wingspan 27-35 mm. It is quite variable, with the relatively frequent ab. flavescens having the darker markings almost absent.

Identification difficulty

Occupying damp woodland, heathland and marshy places.

When to see it

Like many of its congeners, it flies in the Autumn, in September and October and is a frequent visitor to both sugar and light.

Life History

Again, like similar species, the larvae feed at first on Willow catkins, and then later on herbaceous plants.

UK Status

A common species in most of Britain

VC55 Status

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

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

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