Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, May-Jun.
Foodplant: Poplars, Aspen and willows.
|Year first recorded||1905||1999||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2007||2011|
|Number of records||125||8||266|
|Number of individuals||140||9||298|
For the region, we have a total of 266 records from 108 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
Similar species: 1997 Furcula furcula (Sallow Kitten).
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread but declining species across England and Wales, the larva feeding on poplar (Populus spp.). In Dorset, the moth is local and most often found in mature poplar plantations, in woods containing aspen and in towns where poplars have been planted in streets or in parks. This situation contrasts with the following observation penned more than forty years ago. "I think it is safe to assert that practically every poplar of any age in the county will be found to bear empty cocoons." (W Parkinson Curtis manuscript). In 2003, Poplar Kittens appeared widely at light traps across Dorset over a four day period, concurrent with a notable immigration from northern Europe: Upwey, on 1 June 2003 (P Harris), Preston, on 31 May 2003 (M Forster), Puddletown, on 2 June 2003 (H Wood Homer), Wool, on 29 May 2003 (D Cooper), Birches Copse, on 2 June 2003 (P Davey).