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Poplar Lutestring
Tethea or ([Denis & Schifferm?ller], 1775)
Drepanidae: Thyatirinae
1655 / 65.011
Photo © Terry Box, 11 May 2011,  SE5081:Hag Wood, Kilburn, VC62

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Tethea ocularis
Oak Lutestring
Cymatophorina diluta
Forewing: 16-19mm.
Flight: May - August
Foodplant:   Aspen and other poplars
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3

Yorkshire Status: Rare and very local resident.

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.

2012 (CHF): Confined to VC62 where we have had scattered records from several different sites. Our small population appears stable.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

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

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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