The Moths of Suffolk
665 Dasystoma salicella, (Hübner, 1796)

National Status : Nationally Scarce B

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Flight Period : Single-brooded, April

Larval foodplants : A wide variety of plants, Bog-myrtle (Myrica gale), sallow (Salix), Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), Meadow-sweet (Filipendula ulmaria), Silverweed (Potentilla anserina), bramble (Rubus fructicosus agg.), Purging Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica). On the continent also reported from birch (Betula), Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) and Rhododendron

Records : Thornham (M Hall & M Brooks, 4.iii.1997, 15.iii.1997), Knettishall Heath (M Hall, 29.iii.1999)

Morley's Final Catalogue : One male captured at Lowestoft on 27 March 1935 (Goddard, Proc. SNS. iii, p. lxii); doubtless overlooked.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 17-20mm


Confusion species : None

Flight chart

Life history chart
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