Dusky Sallow

  • Dusky Sallow
    Dusky Sallow

Scientific name: Eremobia ochroleuca

July - September. England and Wales. Medium-sized mottled brown and buff moth. Found in grassy places, usually on chalk, limestone, or shingle sites.

A moderately sized moth with tawny or olive brown and straw coloured forewings, with a broad whitish central band, pinched in the middle and with a neat chequered fringe.Usually seen by day flying in sunshine during mid summer or nectaring on flowers and is particularly fond of Knapweed and Ragwort. Also flies at night.

Size and Family

  • Family – Arches, Brindles, Minors, Rustics and allies (Amphipyrinae)
  • Medium Sized 

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Not Listed
  • Common

Particular Caterpillar Food Plants

Flowers and seeds of various grasses, such as Perennial Oat Grass, Couch Grass and Cock’s-foot.


  • Countries – England, Wales
  • Quite well distributed in central, southern and eastern England as far north as Yorkshire, but less frequent in the west. Rare on the Channel Islands and Isle of Man.


Favours dry habitats, especially flowery calcareous downland, shingle and embankments where limestone chippings have been used in construction.

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