The Moths of Suffolk
2269 Centre-barred Sallow, Atethmia centrago, (Haworth, 1809)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Broad-leaved woodland, hedgerows and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late August to September

Larval foodplants : Ash, the unopened buds and flowers

Morley's Final Catalogue : Levelly distributed; usually singly, and regarded as a prize. Bury (Wrl, Suff. Inst. 4ly journ. 1869, 23; Proc. iv, 1870, 221); Fornham (Norgate); Newmarket. Ipswich, Brandeston, Needham, Stowmarket, Beceles (ante 1890). Ipswich, at electric light in September 1894 (Mly), in 1899 (Platten) and pupae dug near that town (Sparke). Hemley and Kessingland (EMM. 1904, 81); Henham in 1934 (Btn); Bungay (Mn). Larvae sometimes plentiful on ash at dusk in late April at Waldringfield (Wlr). Two at light in Sotterly on 8 September 1937 (Gd).

Wingspan details : Forewing 15-18mm, Wingspan 32-36mm


Confusion species : None

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Great Cornard, Suffolk (22.viii.2006) © Stuart Read

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye (31.viii.2000) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (2.ix.2010) © Neil Sherman
Found by day in bird box on Ash tree - Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2002) © N Sherman
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Bromeswell, Suffolk (iv.2005) © Neil Sherman