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Poplar Kitten
Furcula bifida (Brahm, 1787)
Notodontidae: Cerurinae
1998 / 71.007
Photo © Craig Shaw,  04/05/2020 - Hollelsey

Similar Suffolk Species
Alder Kitten
Furcula bicuspis
Sallow Kitten
Furcula furcula
Forewing: 16-22mm.
Flight: One generation May-July.
Foodplant:   Poplars, Aspen and willows.
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1

Morley's Final Catalogue: Over the whole county, and not much rarer than the last kind [Puss Moth] on the same plants. Sudbury, scarce (Ransom); Bentley (Garrett); Waldringfield (Ent., March 1892); Martlesham, at Ipswich electric lights (Mly, Baylis, Pyett); Witnesham (Sparke); Monks Soham; Needham (L); Barsham; Lowestoft in August (Ent. 1922, 258); Gorleston (Mr). Downham (Norgate); Brandon (Wrn); Tuddenham (Wrt); Timworth in 1911 (Nurse).

Recent Status: A locally common species, rather sparse in the north-east of the county.

Identification: Compare with the other two kitten species.

Habitat: Woodland containing Poplar, Aspen and Willows.

Recorded in 36 (62%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1911.
Last Recorded in 2021.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
19/08/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
18/08/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
06/08/2021125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
31/07/2021 to 02/08/2021+25TM03 - East Bergholt
30/07/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
Further info: Furcula bifida
 
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