The poplar kitten Insect moth, furcula bifida, is found in Europe and Asia, generally flying from April to July. Wingspan 1.4-1.8 inches (3.5-4.5 cm).
Poplar Kitten Insect Facts:
- Common name: Prominents
- Family: Notodontidae
- Order: Lepidoptera
- Class/Subphylum: Insecta/Hexapoda
- Number of species: About 2600 (136 u.s.)
- Wingspan: From about 1 in (2.5 cm) to about 3 in (8 cm)
key features: About color usually drab, grays and browns predominating, poplar kitten Insect often spotted or streaked with black; poplar kitten Insect tooth like tufts of scales usually protruding from middle of inner edge of forewing; at rest adult holds wings rooflike
rolled tightly around body in a sticklike pose; body stout; proboscis usually well developed; poplar kitten Insect antennae usually pectinate in males and in females of some species, hearing organs present on thorax; larvae variable, hairy or smooth, often weirdly shaped
Habits: Adults generally nocturnal; seldom found when inactive in daytime, often coming to lights at night; occasionally found at rest on tree trunks or fence posts; caterpillars found singly or in family groups
Breeding: Males generally smaller than females; females release pheromones to attract mates; eggs normally laid in large clusters on leaves of food plant; pupa attached to tree trunks, concealed beneath leaves, or formed in cell below ground
Diet: Many adults probably do not feed, others visit flowers or leaking tree sap; caterpillars feed on wide range of plants, especially trees, on which they may be serious forestry pests
Habitat: Mainly in forest but found widely in many habitats; some species breed in gardens
Distribution: Worldwide in habitable areas.