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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Aug.

Forewing: 16-19mm.

Foodplant: Aspen and other poplars.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1964
Year last recorded2011
Number of records14
Number of individuals12
Unique positions13
Unique locations13
Adult records10
Immature records2

For the county, we have a total of 14 records from 13 sites. First recorded in 1964.


65.011 Poplar Lutestring 02
© Terry Box, 11 May 2011
65.011 Poplar Lutestring 01
© Terry Box, 11 May 2011

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: The first Yorkshire record for many years was of a larva found on aspen in the Scarborough area (VC62) on 4.8.1978 by P.Q. Winter. The moth emerged in 1979. A second larva was beaten at a locality about four miles from the first on 6.7.1980 (PQW). This is in the area mentioned by Porritt (1983-86) and it had also been confirmed as present here earlier in the century. It would appear possible that there is a very small resident population.

2012 (CHF): Confined to VC62 where we have had scattered records from several different sites. Our small population appears stable.

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