Geometridae: Larentiinae

08447 Winter Moth Operophtera brumata, (Linnaeus, 1758)

BF1799 (ABH70.106)


General Information

Females have only vestigal wings and crawl up tree-trunks to await the arrival of males.


Pupates in loose soil.

Overwinters as Overwinters as an egg.
Both sexes come to light.

Forewing length: 13-16mm.
Foodplant(s): oaks (Quercus spp.), birches (Betula spp.), sallows (Salix spp.), hawthorns (Crataegus spp.), Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), Hazel (Corylus avellana), Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus), Horse-chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum), broadleaved trees
Flying: One generation, October-January
UK Presence: Resident
National status:


Nearly everywhere.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Bulgaria.

Similar Species
Northern Winter Moth Operophtera fagata

Larva Type:
Green, yellow, white
No. of Proleg Pairs: