Notodontidae : Cerurinae
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Photo © Ben Sale,  Balls Wood, Hertfordshire (26/05/12)

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Poplar Kitten
Furcula bifida

(Brahm, 1787) 1998 / 71.007

General comments:
Widespread but very local resident.

Confusion is possible with the Sallow Kitten. Poplar Kitten is clearly the less "common" of this pair, with only one third the number of records in the database over the same time period and with large areas of the county apparently not supporting it. Oddly, however, it does appear more able to penetrate the West London area; this may be a function of the different foodplant and the apparent lack of any need for the habitat to be damp.


Recorded in 22 (54%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1887.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
16/06/2023120SP91 - Tring
10/06/2023120SP91 - Tring
11/05/2023120TL22 - Stevenage
13/08/2022120TQ09 - Watford / Rickmansworth
05/08/2022121TQ09 - Watford / Rickmansworth
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VC20 VC21 VC21 VC20
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Forewing: 16-22mm.
Flight: One generation May-July.
Foodplant:   Poplars, Aspen and willows
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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