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Northern Winter Moth
Operophtera fagata (Scharfenberg, 1805)
Geometridae: Larentiinae
1800 / 70.105
Photo © Stephen Youngs,  09/05/2014 - Thompson Water/ Peddars Way

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Winter Moth
Operophtera brumata
Forewing: 14-18mm.
Flight: one generation Oct-Dec.
Foodplant:   Birch and Alder.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 22 (32%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1888.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
28/11/2020128TF63 - Snettisham/Dersingham
26/11/2020127TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
21/11/2020128TL99 - Thompson/Gt.Hocking
17/11/2020128TF63 - Snettisham/Dersingham
14/11/2020228TL99 - Thompson/Gt.Hocking
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