The Moths of Suffolk
1086 Hedya salicella, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Locally widespread

Habitats : Fens, woodland and scrub

Flight Period : Single-brooded; July to mid-August

Larval foodplants : On leaves of White Willow (Salix alba), and less frequently on other species of willows (Salix), Aspen (Populus tremula) or Black Poplar (Populus nigra)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Found to occur rarely in Bentley Woods during 1893 (Mly); a few at both Felixstow and Hemley in 1902, and a series beaten near willow at Waldringfield in 1930 (Wlr). Ampton and West Stow in 1910 (Nurse, Ent. 1911, 221); on sallow at Kenny Hill in the Mildenhall fens during July 1920 (Mly). Lackford, Elveden and Ipswich (Whit). Fritton at light in 1936 (D).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 19-24mm


Confusion species : None

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Eye, Suffolk (10.vii.2005) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2004) © Neil Sherman
Redgrave Fen, Suffolk (18.vii.2009) © A Prichard
Iken Cliff, Suffolk (4.vii.2016) © Paul Kitchener