The Moths of Suffolk
1998 Poplar Kitten, Furcula bifida, (Brahm, 1787)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local and uncommon

Habitats : Poplar plantations, woodland, parks

Flight Period : Single-brooded; May to mid-June, although literature reports that this species flies into July

Larval foodplants : poplars, Aspen, also willows

Comments : Has been recorded more frequently in recent years

Morley's Final Catalogue : Over the whole County, and not much rarer than the last kind 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).

Wingspan details : Forewing 16-22mm, Wingspan 44-48mm


Confusion species
    AdultAlder Kitten, Furcula bicuspis
Sallow Kitten, Furcula furcula

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2004) © N Sherman

Flight chart
100 83 33

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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West Stow, Suffolk (v.2003) © N Sherman
West Stow (9.v.2003) © L Gregory
Bred from eggs laid by female - Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2006) © Neil Sherman
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Bawdsey, Suffolk ( © Matthew Deans
Sallow Kitten (left) and Poplar Kitten. - Bawdsey, Suffolk ( © Matthew Deans