White-backed Marble

Hedya salicella


Wingspan 19 to 24mm. A pale, whitish moth with a brown patch of standing hairs on the thorax, with two dark marks between it and the head. The wingtips are also dark with some bluish tones, and a dark front panel to the fore-wing.


Stream banks and marshy spots where willows and sallows grow.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread in southern and eastern England and the Midlands, uncommon in west Wales and the West Country and northern England and not recorded from Scotland. Fairly common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

June to September.