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Alder Kitten
Furcula bicuspis (Borkhausen, 1790)
Notodontidae: Cerurinae
1996 / 71.006
Photo © Antony Wren,  Lowestoft, Suffolk

Similar Suffolk Species
Sallow Kitten
Furcula furcula
Poplar Kitten
Furcula bifida
Forewing: 16-19mm.
Flight: One generation May-July.
Foodplant:   Alder and birches.
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2

Morley's Final Catalogue: Our sole record of this scarce and local kitten, which ranges north to York, is its capture in the unworked village of Elmsett near Hadleigh by the Revd. H. Marriott, attested by Wratislaw before 1890.

Recent Status: A species whose fortunes have turned in the twenty-first Century. After many years absence in the county, this rare kitten can now be found sparsely in the north-east of the county, particularly around the Waveney and at a few sites in the west of Suffolk.

Identification: Compare with the other two kitten species.

Habitat: Alder and birch woodland, fens and marshes.

Recorded in 13 (22%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2006.
Last Recorded in 2021.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
30/06/2021125TG50 - Gorleston
26/06/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
26/06/2021125TM47 - Blythburgh/Dunwich
25/06/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
24/06/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
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