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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Aug.

Forewing: 18-20mm.

Foodplant: Aspen and other poplars.

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 recorded197520061975
Year last recorded201020062010
Number of records6114
Number of individuals6114
Unique positions5112
Unique locations5112
Adult records6114
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 14 records from 12 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1975.


1655 Poplar Lutestring 02
© Tom Morris
1655 Poplar Lutestring 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species found throughout Britain, the larva feeding on aspen (Populus tremula) and to a lesser extent other poplar (Populus spp.) species. In Dorset, aspen is a scarce tree and despite light trapping in several localities where aspen groves are established, all but two have failed to produce the moth. The exceptions are two adjacent woods in the far north-east of Dorset where aspen trees are scattered amongst old oak and birch woodland. Managing a varied age structure of aspen throughout the wood could be beneficial in maintaining the species at these sites: Rye Hill Wood, at MV light on 4 June 2004 (P Davey et al), Boys Wood, at MV light on 15 June 2003 (C Manley), 15 July 2003 (P Davey). The following record refers to a locality where no poplar trees grow and dispersal or immigration is suspected: Slepe Heath, at MV on 10 June 1975 (B Withers).

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