The Moths of Suffolk
2272 Barred Sallow, Xanthia aurago, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Broad-leaved woodland, hedgerows, scrub, grassland, heathland and gardens

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

Larval foodplants : Field Maple and Beech

Morley's Final Catalogue : A great rarity in Suffolk, where beech is not indigenous. Singly on sugar at Copdock in September, 19th 1892 and 11th 1895 (Hkg). One at Playford (Gr); Henley Hall (Sparke). Two at Needham (L). Between Thetford and Brandon (Williams); one larva beaten at Amptom in 1911 (Nurse). Singly at Mildenhall and Henham (Btn) ; Bungay, one on sugar in 1897 (Mn); Beccles (Crf, Gls). Never seen in forty years, till a male flew in to light at Monks Soham House on 2 November 1935 (Mly).

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-16mm, Wingspan 30-38mm


Confusion species : None

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Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2004) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye (17.ix.2000) © Paul Kitchener
Found on Bramble - Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2004) © N Sherman
VC25, Gorleston, Suffolk (10.x.2009) © Brian Jones
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On Ivy blossom - Ipswich, Suffolk (4.x.2012) © Neil Sherman