Orange Sallow moth - Tiliacea citrago
Family - Noctuidae
The Orange Sallow is a species of moth common in the UK and Europe occurring in broad leaved woodland, it can be seen from August to October. Generally regarded as suburban moth as it usually occurs wherever there are mature stands of Lime species including Common Lime, Small–leaved and Large–leaved Lime. Our Orange Sallow was found within the park deep in woodland scrub and not directly on a Lime although we do have them and there are a number in neighbouring estates and roads.
Adults are a pale orange brown–yellow colour with a wingspan between 27–34mm (1.1–1.35in), forewings with feint brown parallel wavy bars delineating into five bands with a single outline circle in the middle band, hindwing with brown veins and terminal border. Larvae are a grey brown above and pale below with a whitish dorsal lines and white tubercles on each segment. They feed on the leaf–buds and leaves of Lime (Tilia) species, also known as Linden. The head and thorax are furry and also orange coloured.
The Orange Sallow is part of the Noctuoidea superfamily which now comprises just over 11,000 species after reorganisation of the some 20,000 species that were originally in the group. Noctuidae are commonly known as Owlet moths, there are however only five Owlet moth species grouped in the Mesogona genus.
Agassiz #73.179, Bradley & Fletcher #2271
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