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Poplar Lutestring
Tethea or

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 1655 / 65.011
Photo © Terry Box, 11 May 2011,  SE4981Hag Wood, Kilburn, VC62

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Yorkshire Status: Rare and very local resident.

We receive very few records of this scarce species of aspen-rich woodland. It can evidently hide for years without revealing its presence - there were no records from the 1880s until 1970! It has now been recorded from several sites in VC62 and our small population is geographically isolated from other populations in the country. One at Pretty Wood south-east of Castle Howard in 2023 was very close to the VC61 boundary and is a long way from previous records. This was our first record since 2020. The scientific name "or" refers to the stigmata on the forewings which are meant to look like the letters "O" and "R". No, I can't either.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: The first Yorkshire record for many years was of a larva found on aspen in the Scarborough area (VC62) on 4.8.1978 by P. Q. Winter. The moth emerged in 1979. A second larva was beaten at a locality about four miles from the first on 6.7.1980 (PQW). This is in the area mentioned by Porritt (1983-86) and it had also been confirmed as present here earlier in the century. It would appear possible that there is a very small resident population.

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Recorded in 10 (5%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1883.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 16-19mm.
Flight: May - August
Foodplant:   Aspen and other poplars
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
24/05/2023462SE76 - Kirkham
24/07/2020262SE99 - Harwood Dale
26/06/2020262SE89 - Hole of Horcum
28/07/20191562SE98 - Wykeham
13/07/2018162SE89 - Hole of Horcum
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