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Sallow Kitten
Furcula furcula (Clerck, 1759)
Notodontidae: Cerurinae
1997 / 71.005
Photo © Raymond A Watson,  Hollesley, Suffolk. 20 April 2019

Similar Suffolk Species
Alder Kitten
Furcula bicuspis
Poplar Kitten
Furcula bifida
Forewing: 14-18mm.
Flight: Two generations May-June. July-Aug.
Foodplant:   Willows.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1

Morley's Final Catalogue: Scarcer than the last Kitten, but equally wide spread excepting in the north-east, whence are few records since Paget's from Yarmouth in 1834; Sotterley in 1935 (Mr). Bentley (Harwood); Waldringfield (James, Ent. March 1892); bred at Ipswich in 1899 (Platten) and 1902 (Pyett), occasionally at light there, but imagines rarely seen there (Mly); Needham (L); larvae on willows in Monks Soham garden during 1906. Bury (Wrt); Elveden (Wrn); Timworth in 1911 (Nurse).

Recent Status: A common species across the county.

Identification: Compare with the other two kitten species.

Habitat: Woodland and gardens containing Willows.

Recorded in 52 (90%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1899.
Last Recorded in 2021.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
12/06/2021125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
03/06/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
14/08/2020125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
14/08/2020125TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
12/08/2020125TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
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