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Winter Moth
Operophtera brumata (Linnaeus, 1758)
Geometridae: Larentiinae
1799 / 70.106
Photo © Stephen Youngs,  08/12/2018 - Hethersett

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Northern Winter Moth
Operophtera fagata
Forewing: 13-16mm.
Flight: one generation Oct-Jan.
Foodplant:   Broadleaved trees.
Red List: LC (Least Concern)
Ex Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
Norfolk Status
Well distributed and abundant. Extremely common, in woodland, parks and gardens throughout much of the British Isles.
As its English name suggests, this moth occurs from late autumn through to January or February.

Females are virtually wingless, and crawl up tree-trunks to await the arrival of males.

The larvae can occur in great numbers, reaching pest status in some areas.

Recorded in 63 (85%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2022.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
23/01/2022228TF70 - Beachamwell/Oxborough
23/01/2022327TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
23/01/2022127TG32 - Stalham/Catfield
22/01/2022227TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
19/01/2022128TF92 - Fakenham/Ryburgh
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