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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Sep-Oct.

Forewing: 13-16mm.

Foodplant: Sallows and 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 recorded195619731956
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records764661660
Number of individuals20421974478
Unique positions12211266
Unique locations10010220
Adult records718661568
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 1660 records from 220 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1956.


2273 Pink-barred Sallow 06
© Julian Francis
2273 Pink-barred Sallow 05 (top) and Sallow below
© Julian Francis
2273 Pink-barred Sallow 04
© Julian Francis
2273 Pink-barred Sallow 03
© Will Bown
2273 Pink-barred Sallow 02
© Les Hill
2273 Pink-barred 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 is locally common in damp places such as mire, marsh, river valleys, damp grassland, and damp woods where sallows and/or poplars grow.

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