70.106 (1799) Winter Moth Operophtera brumata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Status
Resident. Common.
 
Flight period
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History
Lennon (1863) stated it as very common around the Dumfries area. Gordon (1919) found it to be abundant at light and also on tree trunks and twigs after dark in Wigtownshire. Earliest date was 26th October 1911.
 
Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Tynron (VC72). Archibald Russell (1944) listed it as occurring near Gatehouse of Fleet (VC73) during the years 1942-43. During the 1960s Pelham-Clinton found it at Palnackie, Rockcliffe, Bargrennan and Wood of Cree.
 
During 1974-90 over 380 records were recorded at all of the Rothamsted stations. From 1991 to 2010 records were mainly from VCs 72 and 73, with three from VC74 at Newton Stewart and Torrs Warren, otherwise, from widespread sites across the former vice-counties.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as an egg. Larvae are present April to early June, then fall to the ground to pupate in a cocoon near the surface.
 
Larval foodplants
Most broadleaved trees or shrubs.
 
Identification
The male is of a drab variable brown with a darker cross-band across the middle of the forewing. Hindwing is brown. The Northern Winter Moth is paler and has a silky look to the forewing, with a whitish hindwing. Female is flightless.
 
Habitat
Any habitat where there trees and shrubs, excluding high altitude sites.
 
Recorders' notes
Please note the sex when recording it.
© Keith Naylor, Dalbeattie, 18 February 2011

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