The Moths of Suffolk
2278 Poplar Grey, Acronicta megacephala, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Woodland, fens, heathland, scrub, grassland and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; May to August

Larval foodplants : Black Poplar, Aspen, White Poplar,Lombardy Poplar and other poplars

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.

Wingspan details : Forewing 17-20mm, Wingspan 40-44mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultSycamore, Acronicta aceris
Knot Grass, Acronicta rumicis

Compare confusion species
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Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2002) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye, Suffolk (14.vi.2007) © Paul Kitchener
Banded form. - Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2007) © Neil Sherman
Norfolk (12.viii.2009) © Lee Gregory