Sallow Kitten - Furcula furcula


Wingspan 27-35 mm. A most attractive moth resembling a kitten with its furry head and front legs. Its rich patterning of black on white is also speckled with oranges.

Identification difficulty

The most widespread and common of the British 'Kittens' being distributed throughout in a range of habitats.

When to see it

In the southern half of its range there are two generations, flying in May and June, then again in August. In the north it is single-brooded, flying in June and July.

Life History

The caterpillars, which resemble smaller versions of those of the Puss Moths feed on Willows, Aspen and other Poplars.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent throughout most 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 frequent but not 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

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