Geometridae: Larentiinae

08448 Northern Winter Moth Operophtera fagata, (Scharfenberg, 1805)

BF1800 (ABH70.105)


General Information

This species is less common and less widely distributed than the Winter Moth. It is most often found by torch light on heathland in November.


Pupates in loose soil.

Overwinters as Overwinters as an egg.
Both sexes come to light, males more often than females.

Forewing length: 14-18mm.
Foodplant(s): birches (Betula spp.), Alder (Alnus glutinosa), Beech (Fagus sylvatica), Apple (Malus domestica), plums (Prunus spp.), cherries (Prunus spp.)
Flying: One generation, October-December
UK Presence: Resident
National status:


Woodland, heathland, scrub and orchards.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Bulgaria.

Similar Species
Winter Moth Operophtera brumata

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