Xanthia aurago - Lot Moths and Butterflies - species in Las Descargues, the Lot, France
drawing of a moth



Las Descargues, 11 October 2010
Xanthia aurago Adult


© Robin Howard

Xanthia aurago ([Denis & Schiffermuller], 1775)

Barred Sallow
La Fardée

Wingspan: 30-34mm

A univoltine species flying from August to October when it is an infrequent visitor to light. Recorded from the Las Descargues traps, those situated in the poplar plantations at Ladirat and the ridge and gorge woodland. A broadleaved woodland species preferring those on calcareous substrates.

The larva feeds initially on the buds and flowers of Salix, Acer, Fagus sylvatica, Populus, Quercus etc. Feeding takes place in early spring after overwintering as an egg on the foodplant.