Noctuidae : Acronictinae
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Poplar Grey
Subacronicta megacephala

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 2278 / 73.046
=Acronicta megacephala

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in England and Wales, most common in south-east England and rare in Scotland, the larva feeding on poplar (Populus spp.), willow and sallow (Salix spp.). In Dorset, the moth is frequent wherever aspen (Populus tremula) is well established. It is at low density, rising to frequent locally, where poplars and willows grow in river valleys. There are few records from sallow-rich poplar-free sandy soil localities, for example in twenty-five years of trapping no... Read More

Recorded in 39 (98%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1930.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 17-20mm
Flight: May - August
Foodplant:   Poplars, Aspen and willows
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
28/07/201919SY39 Lyme Regis
23/07/2019+9SY98 Wareham
23/07/2019+9SY98 Wareham
20/07/2019+9SZ07 Swanage
17/07/201919SY49 Bridport

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