The Moths of Suffolk
2271 Orange Sallow, Xanthia citrago, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Broad-leaved woodland, parks and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; September to mid-October

Larval foodplants : limes, native and introduced varieties

Morley's Final Catalogue : Not very rare, but sporadic and occurring singly; wild lime-trees need searching. Copdock in 1895 (Hkg); Bentley Woods, in the '80's (Ml) and on sugar in September 1893 (Mly); Waldringfield, one in 1893 (Wlr); Playford (Gr); Martlesham (D); Needham (L); several imagines at Polstead in 1930 (Harwood); larvae common near Timworth in 1911 (Nurse); Downham (Norgate); Bungay (Mn); Beccles (Crf); Fritton, on sugar, under lime (Mr).

Wingspan details : Forewing 15-17mm, Wingspan 32-40mm


Confusion species
    AdultOrange Upperwing, Jodia croceago

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Eye, Suffolk (21.ix.2008) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
4 100 22 2

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Thornham (8.ix.2001) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2007) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2008) © Neil Sherman
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On Ivy blossom - Ipswich, Suffolk (3.x.2012) © Neil Sherman