The Moths of Suffolk
1799 Winter Moth, Operophtera brumata, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and very abundant

Habitats : Any, wherever trees and shrubs grow

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-October to February

Larval foodplants : A wide variety of broadleaved trees or shrubs and also occasionally on conifers - found locally on Alder, birches, Field Maple, elm, hawthorns, Hazel, Blackthorn, Honeysuckle, oaks, sallows, Wild Cherry and Ash

Morley's Final Catalogue : Extremely abundant everywhere from Bentley and Woodbridge to Beccles and Gorleston ; imago sometimes extends into February, e.g. 1894.

Wingspan details : Forewing 13-16mm, Wingspan 28-33mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultNorthern Winter Moth, Operophtera fagata

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Ipswich, Suffolk (xii.2004) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Winter and Northern Winter together - Ipswich, Suffolk (xi.2002) © N Sherman
Female found at night on tree trunk - Priestly Wood, Suffolk (xii.2004) © N Sherman
Male and female moths - Ipswich, Suffolk (xii.2005) © Neil Sherman
 
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Larva found in spinning between two oak leaves - Wolves Wood, Suffolk (21.v.2006) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (28.xi.2014) © Neil Sherman
Winter (right) plus Northern winter males - Ipswich, Suffolk (28.xi.2014) © Neil Sherman