The Moths of Suffolk
2276 Pale-lemon Sallow, Xanthia ocellaris, (Borkhausen, 1792)

National Status : Notable Na

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Open areas where the foodplant grows

Flight Period : Single-brooded; literature states September to October

Larval foodplants : The catkins of Black Poplar and other poplars - Lombardy poplar

Records : Nowton (R Eley, 1995-6), Mildenhall (B Dickerson,, Barton Mills(J Chainey, 24.ix.1989 & J Clarke, larvae 12.iii.1993), Westleton (B Statham, 29.ix.1997), Thornham (P Kitchener, 18.ix.2003), Elveden (B Statham, 2002-3 & 2005), Little Blakenham (P Wilkins, 2004-6), Landguard (N Odin, 2007)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Still local; usually found singly. Ipswich, at a shop electric light on 21 September 1893 (Mly) the year it first occurred in Britain; Waldringfield, on sugar six days later (Wlr). Bentley Woods (Mly), Copdock (EMM. 1895, 279) and Ipswich (Entom, 1896, 66). Bungay, two in 1897-8 (Barrett, v 379) ; Ipswich (Bedwell, EMM. 1902, 263) and Bentley Woods (Mly) in 1898. Now commonest at Barton Mills (Wiltshire) and abundant at Mildenhall (Btn). Several at Sudbury in 1930, and the form intermedia at Mildenhall in 1926 (Trans. i, p. xliv) & 1937.

Wingspan details : Forewing 18-19mm, Wingspan 32-40mm


Confusion species
    AdultBrick, Agrochola circellaris
Dusky-lemon Sallow, Xanthia gilvago

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Caught by N. Odin - Landguard, Suffolk (5.x.2007) © M. Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Bradwell, Suffolk (22.ix.2010) © Keith Knights
Caught by N. Odin - Landguard, Suffolk (5.x.2007) © M. Deans
2nd site record - Bradwell, Suffolk (4.x.2011) © Keith Knights
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Female - Found at night on Ivy blossom - Little Blakenham, Suffolk (29.ix.2011) © Neil Sherman