The Sallow Cirrhia icteritia
Back To (Hufnagel, 1766)
JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Noctuidae » Xyleninae
Like many of its congeners, it flies in the autumn, in September and October and is a frequent visitor to both sugar and light.A common species in most of Britain, occupying damp woodland, heathland and marshy places. It is quite variable, with the relatively frequent ab. flavescens having the darker markings almost absent. the wing-shape (costa straight and termen convex at apex) is diagnostic. several not infrequent almost plain forms can be confusing
Again, like similar species, the larvae feed at first on sallow (Salix) catkins, and then later on herbaceous plantsLarva feeds within catkins of Black and White Poplar, and Sallow, over-wintering as an egg..
Common on moorland, heathland and woodland, generally on high ground, in south-western and northern England, Wales and Scotland. It inhabits peat moorland and grassland, and the larvae feed on bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus).