Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Rare and local resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.
Foodplant: Poplars, Aspen and willows.
|Year first recorded||1904||1883||1883||1883||1883|
|Year last recorded||2014||2014||2013||2013||2006|
|Number of records||26||38||29||29||3|
|Number of individuals||21||32||12||19||1|
For the county, we have a total of 125 records from 88 sites. First recorded in 1883.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Much less common than F. furcula (Clerck) with only a few recent records from vice-counties 61 to 64. Many of the records below are of light trap catches. Searching for larvae or pupae, might produce many more records.
Argus 52, 2006:
VC65. Foxglove Covert MoD, 23.6.2006 (CHF, JCW). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
2012 (CHF): There has been an increase in records in recent years, mostly in the north of the county, but it is much less common than Sallow Kitten. There is often confusion separating these two species and this is generally easier in the hand than from photographs. Poplar Kitten is more long-winged.