Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Photo © Mick ACourt,  Crostwight Heath 15-xii-13 (gen. det. J Wheeler)

Immature stages

Similar Norfolk Species
Winter Moth
Operophtera brumata
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Northern Winter Moth
Operophtera fagata

(Scharfenberg, 1805) 1800 / 70.105

Norfolk status
Less common and less widely distributed than Winter Moth.

Much larger than Winter Moth, generally paler in colour with contrasting pale hindwing. (see comparison photo).

Woodland, Heathland, Scrub and Orchards.
Most often found by torch light on heathland in November and December.

Recorded in 26 (35%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1888.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Determination
Winter Moth - Northern Winter Moth comparison - Jon Clifton
Operophtera fagata Northern Winter moth male. Crostwight Heath 15-xii-13 - M ACourt (gen. det. J Wheeler slide 1401)
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10kGeneral Area
11/12/2023128TL79Mundford
01/06/2023328TF74Ringstead
25/05/2023128TF62Knights Hill / Roydon Common
19/05/2023128TF63Snettisham
13/05/2023128TF83Syderstone
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Forewing: 14-18mm.
Flight: one generation Oct-Dec.
Foodplant:   Birch and Alder
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult

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