Alder Kitten - Furcula bicuspis

Description

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
Habitat

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).

Reference
71.006 BF1996

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Species profile

Common names
Alder Kitten
Species group:
Moths
Kingdom:
Animalia
Order:
Lepidoptera
Family:
Notodontidae
Records on NatureSpot:
6
First record:
02/05/2004 (Keith Tailby)
Last record:
30/05/2021 (Cranston, Elspeth)

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