73.046 (2278) Poplar Grey Subacronicta megacephala ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Status
Resident. Rare.
 
Flight period
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History
First record was by Sir Arthur Duncan who found it in Kirkmahoe parish, Dumfries, on 1st July 1972.
 
Twenty-five years later, there were four records from Kirkton during 1997-2001, followed by three from Auchencairn, singularly in 2002, 2003, and 2007. One was trapped at Lochfoot in 2010.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a pupa. Larvae are present July to September.
 
Larval foodplants
Aspen and poplars.
 
Identification
Checking the hindwing to eliminate other species is important. The male has a whitish one with the females having grey or greyish-white hindwings.
 
Habitat
Woodland, parks, gardens and other habitats with the larval foodplants of Aspen and other poplars.
 
Recorders' notes
Specimen or quality photo required for record acceptance.
© Keith Naylor per A B Duncan, Kirkmahoe, 1 July 1972

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