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

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