70.105 (1800) Northern Winter Moth Operophtera fagata (Scharfenberg, 1805)

Status
Resident. Local.
 
Flight period
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History
Lennon (1863) stated that it was not common, but that it had occurred at Lochaber in the Mabie Forest (VC73). Gordon (1919) stated that it seemed scarce, having only taken a few at Corsemalzie, one on 20th November 1895 with another on 5th January 1906.
 
Archibald Russell (1944) listed it as occurring near Gatehouse of Fleet (VC73) during the years 1942-43.
 
During 1974-90 all seven of the Rothamsted stations recorded 124 records between them, showing it to be a widespread moth across the region.
 
Apart from that, the only other confirmed records are from E. C. Pelham-Clinton, who found it at Sanquhar and Scaur Water (VC72), with another found in Moffat Town Centre in 1994.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as an egg on its foodplant. Larvae are present April to June, with pupation taking place underground.
 
Larval foodplants
Mainly woodland with Alder and birches.
 
Identification
Male is larger than Winter Moth with a glossy sheen on the forewing. Hindwing is whitish. Female is flightless.
 
Habitat
Gardens, heathland, woodland and scrubby areas.
 
Recorders' notes
Care required to separate from Winter Moth so check the hindwing which is whitish, compared to brown in Winter Moth.
© Brian Henderson, Courance, 4 November 2011

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