|1800 ~ Northern Winter Moth ~ Operophtera fagata|
A much less common species than the Winter Moth and under-recording due to its winter flight time adds to the sparsity of records.
Wingspan : M & F, 32-40mm.
Heathland, woodland, scrub and gardens.
Mainly birch and alder, but also found on beech and fruit trees.
Overwinters as an egg on the bark or a twig of the foodplant. Larva April-June. Pupates in the soil.
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Photo by PRW, 20th Nov 2009, Commins Coch
Photo by DB, 13th June 2013, Middletown