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73.181 (BF2273)

Pink-barred Sallow   

Xanthia togata
Adult: 2
Resident. Common.


The yellow thorax contrasting with the pinkish-brown head and shoulders should separate it from similar sallows.

Recording Method.

Attracted to light, also comes to sugar and flowers.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as an egg. Larvae are present from late March to early June, feeding inside a catkin, until it falls. It then constructs an underground cocoon, with pupation taking place about six weeks later.

Larval foodplants

The larvae feed on catkins of poplars and sallows, later on docks.


Mainly broadleaved woodland, but also fens and marshes and other sites with sallows.


Gordon (1913) had found it abundant at heather blossom on 27th August 1906 and again on 22nd August 1910. The larvae common in sallow catkins at Corsemalzie, Wigtownshire.

William Evans received specimens from the Little Ross lighthouse keeper during 1915 to aid his insect migration studies.

Archibald Russell (1944) listed it as occurring near Gatehouse of Fleet (VC73) during the years 1942-43. Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Closeburn, Tynron and Castlehill, Dumfries (all VC72).

At Irvine House Lodge, Auchenrivock, a fine series was trapped during 1973-74. All the Rothamsted stations contributed about 220 records during 1974-93, proving it to be a widespread moth.

From 1989 to 2010 there were 250 records from the regular trapped sites at Kirkton, Mersehead RSPB, Cally Woods, Durisdeer, Carsfad at Dalry and Carsluith providing most of them, the rest were from scattered sites across the region.

976 record(s) from 53 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2020 2022 2022

 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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