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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, May-Jun, Jul-Aug.

Forewing: 14-18mm.

Foodplant: Willows.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041883188318471883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records26222324527668
Number of individuals22721829340589
Unique positions68681148617
Unique locations72661098714
Adult records24621521625667
Immature records114700

For the county, we have a total of 1074 records from 348 sites. First recorded in 1847.


71.005 Sallow Kitten 06
© Andy Nunn
71.005 Sallow Kitten 08 larva
© Andrew Rhodes, 24 Jul 2018
71.005 Sallow Kitten 07 larva
© Ken McCann, 13 Aug 2017
71.005 Sallow Kitten 05
© Paul Kipling, 2 Jul 2009
71.005 Sallow Kitten 04
© Ian Andrews
71.005 Sallow Kitten 03
© Damian Money
71.005 Sallow Kitten 02
© Damian Money
71.005 Sallow Kitten 01
© Terry Box, 13 Aug 2011

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Not recorded from VC65 (though recorded from the Durham side of Teesdale (Dunn & Parrack, 1986)). Otherwise locally widespread. It appears to have spread in some areas.

Argus 47, 2001-04:
VC65. High Batts, 9.7.1983 (SPW). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): Numbers seem to have increased in recent years and it is now not uncommon over most of the county especially in open woodland with sallows but also coming into gardens.

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