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73.046 ~ 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.
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