Noctuidae : Acronictinae
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Poplar Grey
Subacronicta megacephala
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Sycamore
Acronicta aceris

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2279 / 73.039

Morley's Final Catalogue: 'Somewhat scarce, but widely distributed' in 1890, when it was thought too general to merit localising. Later records are merely from Copdock (Hkg); and Ipswich (Pyett), where Baylis took it on 27 July 1895 at electric light, then a novelty which attracted many outlying moths. Several at Hemley in 1903 et. seqq. (Wlr); one at sugar in Gorleston during July 1935 (Mr).

Recent Suffolk Status: Common and widespread.

Life history: Single-brooded. The highly distinctive and colourful larvae are found regularly in the county in late summer, quite often crawling over the ground looking for a pupation site after leaving the host tree.

Identification: Poplar grey is smaller and has a pale area around the large spot on the forewing.

Habitat: Woodland, scrub, gardens, hedgerows.

Recorded in 53 (91%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1895.
Last Recorded in 2024.
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Determination
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
03/07/2024225TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
02/07/2024125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
01/07/2024126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
01/07/2024125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
30/06/2024126TL96 - Thurston/Elmswell
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Forewing: 18-22mm.
Flight: One generation June-Aug.
Foodplant:   Sycamore, Field Maple, maples, Horse-chestnut
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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