Pink-barred Sallow Xanthia togata
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Noctuidae » Xyleninae
This moth is most easily distinguished from other sallows by the deep red or pinkish-brown head and shoulders in contrast to the yellow thorax. The bright orange-yellow forewing is slightly hooked with deep-red or reddish-brown markings forming a bar from the leading to trailing edge.
It is single-brooded, flying in September and October, when it will visit sugar as well as artificial light.( September to October in the south, August to September in the north )
The young larvae feed inside the catkins of sallow (Salix), and when more mature, on a range of herbaceous plants.A widespread and fairly common species over much of the British Isles, frequenting mainly damp woodland and marshy areas.They overwinter as eggs, laid in short rows on twigs close to the tree buds. The larvae can be found between late March and early June.