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Male and female winter moths Operophthera brumata

Observed: 29th November 2009 By: Topsi
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cluster of male winter moths Operophthera brumata
Female winter moth Operophthera brumata
Description:

Moths from the family Geometridae which fly in winter. The females are wingless (have much reduced wings) which allows them to save up their energies to produce eggs in the cold winter months. Dispersal of the species is handled by the young larvae when they emerge in spring, often by 'ballooning' - hanging from silken threads and being blown away in the wind.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Winter Moth (Operophthera brumata) interacts

Comments

DavidHowdon's picture

Big numbers

Always impressive to see large numbers of moths in winter - I suspect most people would not think any moths would fly at this time (I know I didn't realise until I started 'mothing').