The Moths of Suffolk
1800 Northern Winter Moth, Operophtera fagata, (Scharfenberg, 1805)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local and not uncommon where it occurs

Habitats : Heathland, woodland, scrub and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; October to December

Larval foodplants : Birches and alder

Morley's Final Catalogue : Previously confused here with the last species (Winter Moth). Not uncommon at Copdock in 1897 (Hkg) frequent at Needham Market in winter of 1929-30 (Platten); occasionally at Monks Soham light during 1904-33 (Mly).

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-18mm, Wingspan 32-40mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultWinter Moth, Operophtera brumata

Compare confusion species
    Adult

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Ipswich, Suffolk (xi.2004) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Beaten from Birch - Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2003) © N Sherman
Winter and Northern winter together - Ipswich, Suffolk (xi.2002) © N Sherman
Female found mating with male after dark by torchlight on Rowan tree - Ipswich, Suffolk (16.xi.2009) © Neil Sherman
 
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Male wth female - Ipswich, Suffolk (16.xi.2009) © Neil Sherman
Male - Ipswich, Suffolk (16.xi.2009) © Neil Sherman
Northern winter (left) plus Winter males - Ipswich, Suffolk (28.xi.2014) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (28.xi.2014) © Neil Sherman