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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.

Forewing: 29-38mm.

Foodplant: Poplars and willows.

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded193119841931
Year last recorded201120072011
Number of records43940958
Number of individuals612671358
Unique positions1117236
Unique locations1006212
Adult records42339924
Immature records4110

For the region, we have a total of 958 records from 212 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1931.


1995 Puss Moth 10 larvae
© Jack Oughton
1995 Puss Moth 09 larvae
© Jack Oughton
1995 Puss Moth 08 larvae
© Jack Oughton
1995 Puss Moth 07
© Will Bown
1995 Puss Moth 06
© Julian Francis
1995 Puss Moth 05 larva
© Jack Oughton
1995 Puss Moth 04
© Will Bown
1995 Puss Moth 03
© Paul Harris
1995 Puss Moth 02
© Jack Oughton
1995 Puss Moth 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species found throughout Britain, the larva feeding on sallow and willow (Salix spp.) and poplar (Populus spp.). In Dorset, the moth is widespread but at low density across the county. The larva shares the same foodplants as those of the Poplar Hawk1981 but it is observed far less frequently. The following individuals were trapped on late dates, and suggest a very occasional second brood: West Bexington, at MV on 22 July 1996 and 9 August 1997 (R Eden).

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