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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed resident. Under-recorded?

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Oct-Jan.

Forewing: 13-16mm.

Foodplant: Broadleaved trees.

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded195519831955
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records553711248
Number of individuals2345884866
Unique positions975204
Unique locations805170
Adult records506711154
Immature records12024

For the region, we have a total of 1248 records from 170 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.


1799 Winter Moth 03
© Les Hill
1799 Winter Moth 02
© Martin Cade, 27 Jan 2009
1799 Winter Moth 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

Similar species: 1800 Northern Winter Moth - and here for comparison.

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: Common in Britain, the larva feeding on most trees and shrubs. The female is practically wingless. Nurserymen paint sticky substances around the circumference of fruit trees to prevent females reaching the buds to lay eggs. In Dorset, the moth is practically ubiquitous, and ranges from abundant in deciduous woodland and unstrimmed hedgerow habitat, and frequent to common elsewhere.

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