Winter moth

Operophtera brumata

The winter moth is a moth of the family Geometridae. It is an abundant species of Europe and the Near East and one of very few Lepidoptera of temperate regions in which the adults are active in the depth of winter. The female of this species is virtually wingless and cannot fly, but the male is fully winged and flies strongly.
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The forewing ground colour varies from grey-yellow to beige-brown or occasionally slightly reddish tinted. The patterns are often band-shaped dark brownish, often indistinct.The fringe is yellowish. The hindwings are pale grey or yellow grey.The antennae are short and finely hairy. The flightless female, has a brownish grey body color. It has rudimentary wing stubs, which are coloured brown to grey and have dark bands.
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Northern and Central Europe. In the South, its range extends to after Northern Italy, in the East to the Caucasus and Asia Minor. In the North to the Baltic.
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*''Acer'' - Maple
⤷ ''Amelanchier'' - Serviceberry
⤷ ''Betula'' - Birch
⤷ ''Calluna'' - Heather
⤷ ''Carpinus'' - Hornbeam
⤷ ''Castanea'' - Chestnut
⤷ ''Corylus'' - Hazel
⤷ ''Cotoneaster''
⤷ ''Crataegus'' - Hawthorn
⤷ ''Cydonia'' - Quince
⤷ ''Fagus'' - Beech
⤷ ''Fraxinus'' - Ash
⤷ ''Larix'' - Larch
⤷ ''Malus'' - Apple
⤷ ''Myrica'' - Byaberry
⤷ ''Ostrya'' - Hophornbeam
⤷ ''Picea'' - Spruce
⤷ ''Populus'' - Poplar
⤷ ''Prunus'' - Cherry
⤷ ''Pyrus'' - Pear
⤷ ''Quercus'' - Oak
⤷ ''Rhamnus'' - Buckthorn
⤷ ''Rhododendron''
⤷ ''Ribes'' - Currant
⤷ ''Rosa'' - Rose
⤷ ''Rubus'' - Raspberry
⤷ ''Salix'' - Willow
⤷ ''Sorbus'' - Mountain ash
⤷ ''Tilia'' - Linden
⤷ ''Ulmus'' - Elm
⤷ ''Vaccinium macrocarpon'' - Large cranberry / American cranberry
⤷ ''Viburnum''


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SpeciesO. brumata