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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Sep-Oct.

Forewing: 14-17mm.

Foodplant: Poplars - Herbaceous plants.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831883188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records1058448626811166
Number of individuals15544928753310474
Unique positions957715612031
Unique locations1027715112328
Adult records1031431570757153
Immature records130004

For the county, we have a total of 3109 records from 481 sites. First recorded in 1883.


73.182 Sallow 05 ab. flavescens
© Nick Lawman
73.182 Sallow 03
© Andy Nunn
73.182 Sallow 02
© Ian Andrews
73.182 Sallow 01 f. flavescens
© Terry Box, 29 Sep 2011

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widespread and common in all five vice-counties in similar situations to the previous species, although see above for relative abundances. P.Q. Winter has found that both X. togata (Esper) and the present species may be reluctant to come to light if it is more than a few yards from the foodplant. However, this is certainly not the case everywhere (AMR pers. comm.).

2012 (CHF): Common and widespread all across the county wherever sallows grow. Numbers were fairly stable until recently then unaccountably doubled in 2010 and doubled again in 2011 to 439 records - ten times more than in 2005. This effect was across all five vice-counties.

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