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Tethea ocularis (H?bner, 1786)
Drepanidae: Thyatirinae
1654 / 65.010
Photo © Gillian Nash,  ST6108 - May 2017

Similar Dorset Species
Poplar Lutestring
Tethea or
Figure of Eight
Diloba caeruleocephala
Forewing: 16-20mm
Flight: May - July
Foodplant:   Aspen and other poplars
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1

Davey, P., 2009: A species confined to England and east Wales, the larva feeding on poplar (Populus spp.). In Dorset, the moth occurs wherever there is poplar, however, this is not a common tree and consequently the moth is generally at low density. Singletons do frequently turn up at light traps some distance away from their foodplant, and dispersal is suspected for many of these.

Recorded in 37 (93%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1935.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
11/07/201919SY68 - Weymouth / Martinstown
10/07/201919ST61 - Sherborne
04/07/201919SY39 - Lyme Regis
03/07/201919SY68 - Weymouth / Martinstown
28/06/201919ST40 - Beaminster
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