73.120 Dusky Sallow Copyright Martin Evans
 Distribution map Copyright Martin Evans
 Life stages table Copyright Martin Evans  73.120 Dusky Sallow Copyright Martin Evans


73.120 Dusky Sallow Eremobia ochroleuca ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)


Similar species: If care is taken this moth is unlikely to be mistaken for any other British or Irish species.

Forewing: 14 to 16mm

Habitats: Calcareous grassland, vegetated shingle, embankments, woodland rides, road verges and other grassy places.

Habits: The moth will fly in hot sunshine and is often found resting on the flowerheads of knapweeds, thistles and other flowers. It nectars at flowers after dark and comes to sugar and light.

Foodplant: The larva feeds during both day and night on the flowers and seeds of Cock's-foot, False Oat-grass, Common Couch and other grasses, including cereals. It pupates in a cocoon under the soil.

On the European mainland it has also been recorded feeding on Timothy and Meadow Foxtail.