Noctuidae : Acronictinae
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Poplar Grey
Subacronicta megacephala

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 2278 / 73.046
=Acronicta megacephala
Photo © Terry Box,  SE4571Brafferton, VC62

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Yorkshire Status: Uncommon and fairly widespread resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Only common in the south of the County and here the melanic form ab. nigra (Shaw) and typical specimens occur in approximately equal numbers. Widely but thinly scattered over the rest of vice-counties 61-64 and seems to have only transient populations in many areas.

Argus 47, 2001-2004:

VC65. High Batts, 9.7.1983 (SPW). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): Fairly widespread across the county in small numbers though less common in the north-west. Numbers are stable.

Recorded in 139 (70%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1883.
Last Recorded in 2022.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 17-20mm
Flight: May - August
Foodplant:   Poplars, Aspen and willows
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
26/08/2022165SE37 - Ripon
19/08/2022164SE55 - York (N/W)
11/08/2022161TA26 - Flamborough Head (South)
09/08/2022164SE14 - Ilkley / Menston / B in W
03/08/2022161TA17 - Bempton
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