2273 Pink-barred Sallow Xanthia togata ABH 73.181
Esper, 1788

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Wingspan 27-30 mm.

Phenology Single-brooded, flying in September and October, when it will visit sugar as well as artificial light.

Description Variable mix of yellow undertones and pink to maroon markings, it is best identified from other superficially similar autumnal sallows by the distinctive purple head and pink shoulders.

Life CycleYoung larvae feed inside the catkins of sallow (Salix), and when more mature, on a range of herbaceous plants.

Habitat Damp woodland and marshy areas. Common in broad-leaved, often damp, woodland, marshes, fens, heathland and gardens

 

 

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