The Moths of Suffolk
1655 Poplar Lutestring, Tethea or, (Linnaeus, 1767)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Mainly found in the south of the county with scattered records elswhere

Habitats : Woodland containing aspen

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late May to early August

Larval foodplants : Aspen

Morley's Final Catalogue : Local in most of our larger woods, which abound in poplar: 'Larva not at all uncommon on aspen in the woods round Ipswich and Stowmarket ' (C). Recorded before 1890 from Bentley, Ipswich, Needham and Stowmarket only. Later it has been taken at light in Ipswich (Mly), in Old Hall Wood (Hkg) and Bentley Woods (Baytis, Pyett, Gibbs, &c) in 1937 (Btn).

Wingspan details : Forewing 16-19mm, Wingspan 38-43mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultFigure of Eighty, Tethea ocularis
Oak Lutestring, Cymatophorima diluta
Yellow Horned, Achlya flavicornis
Figure of Eight, Diloba caeruleocephala

Compare confusion species
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Thetford (8.vi.2004) © L Gregory

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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ssp. hibernica pupa pupa pupa pupa pupaimago imago ovalarvaimago ovalarvaimago larva larvapupa pupa pupa
ssp. scotica pupa pupa pupa pupa pupa imago ovaimago larva larva larvapupa pupa pupa

Further Photographs

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Wolves Wood, Suffolk (v.2003) © N Sherman
Kent (3.viii.2002) © M Deans
Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2005) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2010) © Neil Sherman
Female - Wolves wood, Suffolk (31.v.2014) © Neil Sherman