Moths in September

Whether we like it or not, Autumn is upon us, but on overcast mild nights there are still plenty of moths around.

The single generation "Sallow" group of moths all resemble leaves colouring up. They appear in September and three of the half dozen species occur regularly in our area . All are a rich yellow with pink markings and with care they can be easily distinguished although their names may be confusing.

See the accompanying photos, below left, Barred Sallow; below right, Centre-barred Sallow.

Barred Sallow          Centre-barred Sallow  

Pink-barred Sallow




All can be seen at light, but will also nectar on ivy flowers.

The larvae of some of them feed on willow and poplar catkins, no doubt giving rise to their name.

Left, Pink-barred Sallow.