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2278 ~ Poplar Grey ~ Subacronicta megacephala
UK Status

Resident. Common

Montgomeryshire Status

A rather uncommon species, but it is found throughout the county in scattered sites.

Wingspan :  M & F, 40-44mm.

Confusion species

Knot Grass and Sycamore.

Flight time (Montgomeryshire)


Broadleaf woodland, downland, scrub, hedgerows, and gardens.


Poplars, aspen and occasionally willows.

Lifestage data

Overwinters as a pupa in a fragile cocoon beneath the bark or in a suitable crevice. Larva July-September, feeding at night.
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Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MDH, 5th June 2010, Llanfyllin

Photo by MDH, 3rd July 2009, Llanfyllin

Photo by DB, 3rd July 2013, Middletown

Photo by DB, 6th Aug 2014, Middletown