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Kent Moth Group


Poplar Lutestring

Tethea or

Family: Drepanidae

RES: 65.011 B&F: 1655

Verification Grade (Adult):

Locally distributed in small pockets across Kent, this species and can be found wherever there are decent stands of Aspen (but it also feeds on other Poplars, hence the name).

It is similar to Figure of Eighty, other Lutestrings and Yellow Horned. However, this species usually has more numerous cross-lines and bands (or Lute strings) running across the forewings, and the central white-ish mark on the forewing is solid and look less like a number, more of a blotch.

Flight Season: flies between April and August

© Dave Shenton

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Distribution in Kent

The map below shows the distribution of records of Poplar Lutestring (Tethea or) within Kent. Use the control below to show data for a certain time period. If you've got a dot to add, please submit your records to us. Click here for more information on how to submit data.

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The graph below shows at which time of the year Poplar Lutestring (Tethea or) can be expected to be recorded in Kent. Hover over the graph to see exact figures for each period of the year, and use the controls below to filter by VC and time span:

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Photo Gallery

Below is a gallery of Poplar Lutestring (Tethea or) images from Kent. If you would like to contribute any photographs, please email

Reporting Rate

The graph below shows how the number of records submitted Poplar Lutestring (Tethea or) to the Kent database has varied since 1950. Hover over the graph to see exact figures for each year, and use the control below to filter by a certain VC.

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External Links

More information about Poplar Lutestring (Tethea or) can be seen on the external pages listed below: