Alder Kitten - Furcula bicuspis


Wingspan 30 to 35 mm. Of the three 'kittens' (Furcula spp.) in Britain, this has the most contrasting appearance, having dark slate-grey, almost black bands on a white background.

Identification difficulty

It can be found in woodland habitats.

When to see it

The single generation flies from May to July.

Life History

The larvae feed on Birch as well as Alder.

UK Status

It is a locally distributed species, occurring in the southern half of England, rarely as far north as Cumbria. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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