Sitochroa palealis

Alternative names
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).

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

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