Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Northern Winter Moth
Operophtera fagata
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Winter Moth
Operophtera brumata

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1799 / 70.106

A very common resident.

Found in most habitats from lowland to moorland.

Overwinters as an egg. Males come readily to light and often seen in numbers at dusk.

Generally much darker than Northern Winter and hindwings do not protrude beyond the forewings when at rest.

Recorded in 108 (77%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1866.
Last Recorded in 2020.
(Data up to end 2020)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 13-16mm
Flight: October - Januarty
Foodplant:   Broadleaved trees
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2020)
Date#VC10k Area
24/12/20202VC36 - HerefordshireSO52
24/12/202010VC36 - HerefordshireSO51
23/12/20201VC39 - StaffordshireSJ91
22/12/20201VC39 - StaffordshireSJ91
22/12/20201VC36 - HerefordshireSO74

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