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Alder Kitten
Furcula bicuspis (Borkhausen, 1790)
Notodontidae: Cerurinae
1996 / 71.006
Photo © Peter Hall,  Bringsty Common

Similar West Midlands Species
Sallow Kitten
Furcula furcula
Poplar Kitten
Furcula bifida
Forewing: 16-19mm
Flight: May - July
Foodplant:   Alder and birches
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1

A fairly common resident.

A species of woodland and occasionally gardens.

Overwinters as a pupa and comes regularly to light.

Note Easily told from Poplar and Sallow Kittens by the central cross-band that is intense blackish-grey.

Recorded in 74 (53%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1865.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
01/06/2019140SJ60 - Coalbrookdale/Brosley
01/06/2019339SJ90 - Fordhouses/Wolverhampton
01/06/2019236SO36 - Titley & Birtley
01/06/2019436SO36 - Titley & Birtley
01/06/2019136SO55 - Bodenham & Pudlestone
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