Poplar Grey - Subacronicta megacephala

Alternative names
Acronicta megacephala

Wingspan 40-44 mm. One of several powdery-looking greyish moths which can be difficult to identify, this species has however a distinctly round whitish orbicular stigma with a darker centre, and whitish hind wings.

Identification difficulty


When to see it

Flies from May to August.

Life History

The grey-brown caterpillar feeds on the leaves of Poplar, resting by day in a peculiar question-mark position with the head curled back.

UK Status

It is most common in the south of England, with the range extending into southern Scotland. 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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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map