Geometridae : Larentiinae

Photo © Dick Jones,  Female - Dersingham, Dec 2009

  Immature stages

Similar Norfolk Species
Northern Winter Moth
Operophtera fagata
Winter Moth
1799 Operophtera brumata
(Linnaeus, 1758) 70.106
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 62 (90%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2015.

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Forewing: 13-16mm.
Season: one generation Oct-Jan.
Foodplant:   Broadleaved trees
Nat Status: Common
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