70.106 .... B&F 1799
Winter Moth Operophtera brumata (Linnaeus, 1758)
Status .....Probably very common throughout Nottinghamshire, but the evidence based on the distribution map we have been able to produce from records sent to us, would suggest that this moth is uncommon along the Trent Valley. However, this is certainly down to the lack of recording moths during the late Autumn and Winter months, yet it is easy to record this moth flying over the road in car headlights. Under-recorded.
Male photographed at Sherwood Forest CP December 2010.
Female photographed at Sherwood Forest CP December 2010.
Early stages                            
Full-grown larva on Blackthorn Prunus spinosa, photographed at Lound Wood May 2023.
Full-grown larva on Beech Fagus sylvatica, photographed at Hundred Acre Wood, Worksop May 2021.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Winter Moth
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Lound Moth Group. Martin Harvey. Sherwood Forest Rothamsted trap results 1986-1990. Sean Tobin. Tim Sexton. Robert and Jill Carlyle. Colin Watkin. Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. NBGRC. Indy Kiemel and Agnes Kiemel. Martin Gray. David Shaw. Jason Reece and Lily Reece. Andy Adcock. Tom Shields. Graham Birkett.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated January 2024

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