Noctuidae : Acronictinae
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Immature stages

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Poplar Grey
Subacronicta megacephala
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Acronicta auricoma
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Knot Grass
Acronicta rumicis

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2289 / 73.045

Morley's Final Catalogue: Of quite frequent occurrence from Brantham to Beccles, and Aldeburgh to Brandon.

Recent Suffolk Status: Common.

Life history: Double-brooded. The distinctive and colourful larvae are commonly found in the county throughout the summer and autumn, feeding on a wide variety of plants including Brambles.

Identification: Poplar grey lacks the obvious white spot in the corner of the forewing. Scarce dagger also lacks the white spot and has a black dagger mark on the wing.

Habitat: A wide variety of habitats including gardens.

Recorded in 51 (88%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1940.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
04/10/2023125TM48 - Beccles/Brampton
17/09/2023126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
04/09/2023+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
31/08/2023125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
25/08/2023126TL96 - Thurston/Elmswell
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Forewing: 16-20mm.
Flight: Two generations May-June. Aug-Sept.
Foodplant:   Herbaceous and woody plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
 Immature Adult
Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2024. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024
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