Poplar Lutestring - Tethea or


    Wingspan 38 to 43 mm. Characterised by its four cross-lines or 'lutestrings' on the inner part of the forewing, this species sometimes shows a slight purplish tinge when fresh.

    Identification difficulty

    Around Poplars and Aspen.

    When to see it

    June and July is the typical flight time for this moth.

    Life History

    The caterpillar feeds on Poplar species, especially Aspen, hiding between two joined leaves.

    UK Status

    There are three races recognised, occurring in England and Wales, Scotland and Ireland. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

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