Species Account

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Summary Data

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.

Forewing: 16-22mm.

Foodplant: Poplars, Aspen and willows.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041883188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201320132006
Number of records263829293
Number of individuals213212191
Unique positions212121202
Unique locations202125202
Adult records203623233
Immature records01000

For the county, we have a total of 125 records from 88 sites. First recorded in 1883.


71.007 Poplar Kitten 03
© Damian Money
71.007 Poplar Kitten 02
© Ian Marshall, 21 June 2011
71.007 Poplar Kitten 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

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.

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