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December Moth
Poecilocampa populi

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1631 / 66.001

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in the British Isles, the larva feeding on a large range of deciduous trees and shrubs.

In Dorset, the moth is abundant in deciduous woodland containing birch (Betula spp.), elm (Ulmus spp.), hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) or blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), and common amongst coastal blackthorn thickets, but less frequent elsewhere.

The moth is readily attracted to light and has been observed by the author, flying at a lighted window in sub-zero... Read More

Recorded in 36 (90%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1930.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 15-21mm
Flight: October - January
Foodplant:   Broadleaf trees such as Oak, Birch, Elm etc
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
31/12/201919SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown
30/12/201939SZ07 Swanage
28/12/201919SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown
26/12/201939SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown
24/12/201919SY39 Lyme Regis

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