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Northern Winter Moth
Operophtera fagata (Scharfenberg, 1805)
Geometridae: Larentiinae
1800 / 70.105
Photo © Stephen Youngs,  30/05/2015 - Thompson Water/ Peddars Way

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Similar Norfolk Species
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: 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 24 (32%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1888.
Last Recorded in 2022.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
07/05/2022+28TF70 - Beachamwell/Oxborough
01/05/2022+28TF61 - S.Lynn/Tottenhill
29/04/2022128TF61 - S.Lynn/Tottenhill
16/04/2022128TL78 - Hockwold/Weeting
11/12/2021127TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
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