Sitochroa palealis

    Alt Name
    Sulphur Pearl

    Wingspan 26 to 32 mm. With its silky whitish upperwings and diffuse dusky spot, it is quite distinctive moth, and a favourite amongst enthusiasts.

    Identification difficulty

    Various habitats, especially where the larval foodplants occur.

    When to see it

    It flies in June and July and is attracted to light.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on umbellifers, particularly Wild Carrot.

    UK Status

    This species is a local resident along the coastal areas of the south and south-east, and also an occasional migrant. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

    63.014 BF1370

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map