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Northern Winter Moth
Operophtera fagata (Scharfenberg, 1805)
Geometridae: Larentiinae
1800 / 70.105
Photo © Malcolm Hillier,  Weeting Heath, 15/11/23, cap. J Symonds

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Winter Moth
Operophtera brumata
Forewing: 14-18mm.
Flight: one generation Oct-Dec.
Foodplant:   Birch and Alder.
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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 29 (39%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1888.
Last Recorded in 2024.
Additional Stats

Latest 10 Records
Date#VC10kArea
11/05/2024328TF74Barrow Common
04/05/2024+28TL99Thompson Water
02/05/2024+28TF72Flitcham
30/04/2024128TL99Great Hockham
29/04/2024228TL99Rockland All Saints
29/04/2024128TL89Ickburgh (Memorial)
21/04/2024328TF93Little Snoring / Thursford
21/04/2024+28TF74Ringstead
11/12/2023128TL79Mundford
15/11/20231428TL79Weeting (Roundhouse Plantation)
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