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 112 (80%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1866.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 13-16mm
Flight: October - Januarty
Foodplant:   Broadleaved trees
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
30/12/2022+VC39 - StaffordshireSK01
30/12/20221VC39 - StaffordshireSK22
28/12/20221VC39 - StaffordshireSK22
27/12/20221VC39 - StaffordshireSO98
24/12/20222VC36 - HerefordshireSO65

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