Pink-barred Sallow

Xanthia togata

Patrick Clement
Allan Drewitt
Tapio Kujala
Dave Shenton

Identification Tip

Bright yellow wings with slightly hooked tips, and a reddish-brown bar across the wings.

What do they eat?

Caterpillars munch on:

  • Catkins (flowers) of willow and poplar trees

Older caterpillars eat docks and other plants.

Adults sip nectar from a range of flowers, including English Ivy, as well as feeding on overripe blackberries.

Where does it spend the winter?

Only the eggs of this moth survive through the winter. They are laid in the autumn, in short rows on twigs of the food plant (willows and poplars). Caterpillars hatch out in the following spring.

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Flying Season

August - October

Life Cycle


August, September, October


January, February, November, December


March, April, May, June



UK Distribution

  • England
  • Scotland
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland

Want to learn


There is even more about this species on the main Butterfly Conservation website

Fun Facts
about the Pink-barred Sallow

The Pink-barred Sallow is a member of the Noctuid family of moths. There are 21,000 species in this family across the world!

All members of this family have a clever defence against bats – when they hear a bat coming, they start diving and cartwheeling, veering out of the way just as the bat swoops.