The Sallow Cirrhia icteritia
The Sallow Cirrhia icteritia
Adult • Whitelye, Gwent • © Nick Greatorex-Davies

73.182 BF2274

The Sallow Cirrhia icteritia

(Hufnagel, 1766)

Wingspan 27-35 mm.

A common species in most of Britain, occupying damp woodland, heathland and marshy places. It is quite variable, with the relatively frequent ab. flavescens having the darker markings almost absent.

Like many of its congeners, it flies in the autumn, in September and October and is a frequent visitor to both sugar and light.

Again, like similar species, the larvae feed at first on sallow (Salix) catkins, and then later on herbaceous plants.
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