December Moth - Poecilocampa populi


Wingspan 30-45 mm. The makings are fairly constant with a creamy white band across a browny charcoal forewing and also a creamy white head. The female is much larger than the male.

Identification difficulty

Mainly in woodland but also in scrub, hedgerows and gardens.

When to see it

In fact it can be found from October until mid or late December.

Life History

The larvae feed in spring on a variety of deciduous trees.

UK Status

It is a fairly common species over much of Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

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

UK Map