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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: Two generations, May-Jun, Jul-Aug.

Forewing: 14-18mm.

Foodplant: 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 recorded1905200719831905
Year last recorded2011200720112011
Number of records87611011956
Number of individuals122221822812
Unique positions188117412
Unique locations147114324
Adult records7431991686
Immature records50112

For the region, we have a total of 1956 records from 324 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


1997 Sallow Kitten 08
© Gillian Nash, 24 Apr 2020
1997 Sallow Kitten 07
© Julian Francis
1997 Sallow Kitten 06 5th instar larva head
© Jamie McMillan
1997 Sallow Kitten 05 5th instar larva
© Jamie McMillan
1997 Sallow Kitten 04
© Gillian Nash, May 2015
1997 Sallow Kitten 03 early instar larva
© Jenny Seawright
1997 Sallow Kitten 02
© Phyl England
1997 Sallow Kitten 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

Similar species: 1998 Furcula bifida (Poplar Kitten).

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 and occurs in the same range of habitats as the Puss1995, where it is marginally more common. The national norm is for a double brood in England and a single brood in Scotland. In Dorset, relatively high numbers between the respective brood peaks in late-May and early August suggest an additional univoltine cycle. The peak of the second brood is, on average, six times larger than the peak of the first brood.

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