The Moths of Suffolk
1997 Sallow Kitten, Furcula furcula, (Clerck, 1759)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Open woodland, heathland, fens, scrub, carr, hedgerows and gardens

Flight Period : Double-brooded; late April to early July and mid-July to August

Larval foodplants : willows, including Grey Willow, Goat Willow, and White Willow, also Aspen and poplars

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 (Mly); Needham (L); larvae on willow in Monks Soham garden during 1906. Bury (Wrt);. Elveden (Wrn); Timworth in 1911 (Nurse).

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-18mm, Wingspan 35-42mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultAlder Kitten, Furcula bicuspis
Poplar Kitten, Furcula bifida

Compare confusion species
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New Forest (29.vi.2000) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich (3.vi.2003) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2003) © N Sherman
Bred from eggs laid by female - Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2006) © Neil Sherman
 
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VC25, Burgh Castle, Suffolk (30.vii.2010) © Brian Jones
Dunwich forest, Suffolk (16.viii.2013) © Neil Sherman