06728 December Moth Poecilocampa populi, (Linnaeus, 1758)

BF1631 (ABH66.001)


General Information

This species is unlikely to be confused with any other moth flying at the same time of year.


Larvae feed at night, resting along a twig or on bark during the day.


Pupates under bark or in plant debris.

Overwinters as Overwinters as an egg.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.

Forewing length: 15-21mm.
Foodplant(s): oaks (Quercus spp.), birches (Betula spp.), elms (Ulmus spp.), hawthorns (Crataegus spp.), Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), poplars (Populus spp.), sallows (Salix spp.), broadleaved trees
Flying: One generation, October-January
UK Presence: Resident
National status:


Mainly woodland, occasionally in scrubland, hedgerows and gardens.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Bulgaria.

Similar Species
Small Eggar Eriogaster lanestris

Larva Type:
Blue, Grey, Green
No. of Proleg Pairs: