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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common but thinly distributed resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Aug-Sep.

Forewing: 15-18mm.

Foodplant: Ash.

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded190519851905
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records504621132
Number of individuals1050712242
Unique positions1105230
Unique locations965202
Adult records447621018
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 1132 records from 202 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


2269 Centre-barred Sallow 03
© Julian Francis
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© Julian Francis
2269 Centre-barred Sallow 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on ash (Fraxinus excelsior). In Dorset, the moth is frequent in woodland on chalky soils where ash is dominant, and at low density in open habitat where ash trees are more isolated, for example in hedgerows. The moth is seldom seen in localities where ash is absent, for example just sixteen examples were recorded at Arne in more than twenty years of trapping.

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