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Operophtera brumata (Linnaeus, 1758)
WINTER MOTH
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Male • Monk's Wood NNR, Cambs. • © Nick Greatorex-Davies

70.106 BF1799
Winter Moth Operophtera brumata

(Linnaeus, 1758)


Wingspan 22-28 mm.

A common species in most of Britain, this moth occurs, as its English name suggests, from late autumn through to January or February.

The larvae feed on a range of trees and shrubs, as well as moorland species such as heather ( Calluna ). Sometimes the larvae occur in great numbers, reaching pest status and occasionally completely defoliating small trees.

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

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