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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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

    UK Map