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

(Scharfenberg, 1805) 1800 / 70.105

A fairly common resident.

Found in a range of habitats.

Overwinters as an egg. Females have vestigial wings and are flightless, males fly from dusk and come readily to light.

Note Males are very similar to Winter Moth but more silky in appearance, usually slightly bigger and the hindwings are longer and more white and protrude slightly beyond the forewings when resting.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 71 (51%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1887.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 14-18mm
Flight: October - December
Foodplant:   Birch and Alder
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
24/12/20221VC39 - StaffordshireSJ84
21/12/20221VC36 - HerefordshireSO52
20/12/20221VC36 - HerefordshireSO52
24/11/2022+VC39 - StaffordshireSO89
18/11/2022+VC37 - WorcestershireSO86

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