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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Sep-Oct.

Forewing: 14-17mm.

Foodplant: Poplars - Herbaceous plants.

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 recorded190519821905
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records1042972278
Number of individuals33925227828
Unique positions13212288
Unique locations11312250
Adult records1002962196
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 2278 records from 250 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


2274 Sallow 08
© Will Bown
2274 Sallow 07
© Gillian Nash, September 2018
2274 Sallow 06
© Julian Francis
2274 Sallow 05
© Julian Francis
2274 Sallow 04
© Gillian Nash
2274 Sallow 03 f. flavescens
© Terry Box
2274 Sallow 02
© Les Hill
2274 Sallow 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding at first on sallow (Salix spp.) and poplar (Populus spp.) catkins, and later on herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth has the same distribution, flight period and habitat preferences as the Pink-barred Sallow2273, but is roughly forty percent more abundant. The following record was likely to have been a dispersed individual from Purbeck (a Pink-barred Sallow plus a Horse Chestnut1905 were trapped on the same night): Portland, at MV on 18 October 1997 (M Cade).

The species is similar to the Pink-barred Sallow. Diagnostics include: yellow fringe on forewing edge, not purple; paler more washed-out yellow and purple colours generally. The form ab. flavescens (see photo) has no purple on the forewing and occurs infrequently but regularly in the population of Sallow.


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