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Poplar Grey
Subacronicta megacephala ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Noctuidae: Acronictinae
2278 / 73.046
Photo © W Millard,  18/08/2020 - Bury St Edmunds

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Acronicta rumicis
Forewing: 17-20mm.
Flight: One generation May-Aug.
Foodplant:   Poplars, Aspen and willows.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1

Morley's Final Catalogue: In unfailing attendance on urban Lombardy-poplars in Sudbury, Ipswich, Southwold, Beccles and Gorleston; but seen in the country only at Playford (Greene, Ent. Wk. Intell. i, 1856, 164), and Hemley in 1903 (Wlr). No western observations.

Recent status:

Recorded in 54 (93%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1903.
Last Recorded in 2021.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
03/07/2021125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
02/07/2021226TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
02/07/2021126TL85 - Brockley/Alpheton
02/07/2021125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
01/07/2021125TM45 - Aldeburgh/Orford
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