The Moths of Suffolk
1996 Alder Kitten, Furcula bicuspis, (Borkhausen, 1790)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Uncertain (SMP Status 3)

Habitats : Broadleaved woodland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-May to July

Larval foodplants : birches and Alder

Records : Thetford (S Clancy, 11.vi.2006), Redgrave Fen (SMG, 16.vi.2006)

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.

Wingspan details : Forewing 16-19mm, Wingspan 40-48mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultSallow Kitten, Furcula furcula
Poplar Kitten, Furcula bifida

Compare confusion species
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Redgrave Fen, Suffolk (16.vi.2006) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Redgrave Fen, Suffolk (16.vi.2006) © Matthew Deans
VC 25, Burgh Castle , Suffolk (9.vi.2010) © Brian Jones
Knettishall Heath, Suffolk (21.vi.2013) © Neil Sherman