Poplar Kitten - Furcula bifida

Description

Wingspan 35 to 45 mm. Quite similar in appearance to Sallow Kitten, this species is however usually larger, and the outer edge of the grey wing bar is more smoothly curved.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Around the larval foodplant. 

When to see it

Late April to July. 

Life History

The larval foodplants are usually Poplars including Aspen, though sometimes Willow is used. 

UK Status

Occurs mostly in southern England and Wales, and scarce in Ireland.  In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant). 

Reference
71.007 BF1998

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