Satin Lutestring

Tetheella fluctuosa


Species Codes

B&F 1656 RES 65.012

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Species Account

Locally distributed throughout Kent, this moth is more of an inland species than coastal, and can be found in mature woodland across the county.

This moth is similar to Common Lutestring in that it lacks the obvious white-ish marking on the forewing ruling out Poplar Lutestring, Figure of Eighty and Yellow Horned. This species has a broad dark band from about 1/3 to beyond 1/2 on the forewing and within this band is a dark 'dash' (which appears as one or two 'dots' on Common Lutestring). There is also another 'dash' on the leading edge of the forewing towards the tip.

Record Verification

Grade 2 adults can be confused with other species, so good quality photographs or possibly a specimen will be required if the recorder is not familiar with the species.

Distribution Map

The map below shows all records of Satin Lutestring (Tetheella fluctuosa) in the Kent database. If you've got a dot to add, please submit your records to us. Use the control below to filter by time span:


The graph below shows at which time of the year Satin Lutestring (Tetheella fluctuosa) can be expected to be recorded in Kent. Use the controls below to filter by VC and time span:

Reporting Rate

The graph below shows how the number of records of Satin Lutestring (Tetheella fluctuosa) submitted each year has changed over time. Use the control below to filter by VC:

Photo Gallery

Below is a selection of Satin Lutestring (Tetheella fluctuosa) images from Kent. If you would like to contribute any photographs, please email Click on a photo if you would like to see it larger.

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