Barred Sallow –

Xanthia aurago


Wingspan 30mm. The fore-wings are yellow or creamy yellow with a broad brown terminal band and a narrower band close to the body.


Woodland, farmland and rough hedgerows. The caterpillars feed on the flowers and buds of Field Maple when small and the leaves when they are larger.

Status and distribution

Fairly common but local, mainly in the south east and East Anglia. Rarer further north. Uncommon in Nottinghamshire and recorded once at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

September to November.