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A very common nocturnal species frequently found in gardens and hedgerows from April right through until October.


Photograph by: 
Peter Orchard

Opisthograptis luteolata: the brimstone moth

Post date: Wednesday, 8 March, 2017 - 21:18

I am sure everyone is familiar with the lovely yellow brimstone butterfly but, being nocturnal, you may never have encountered the brimstone moth (Opisthograptis luteolata). You can sometimes flush it from shrubbery whilst gardening or walking by hedgerows. This is one of our most common species of moth and it has three broods a year in the south of England whereas up north it tends to have only one brood in mid-summer. 
It has no real preference for food plant for its larvae and they can be found on many types of shrub and flowering fruit trees, perhaps favouring blackthorn and hawthorn. This wide ranging diet means that they can be found frequently in gardens and in hedgerows from April right through until October. 

The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
Common Name Brimstone Moth
Scientific Name Opisthograptis luteolata
Interest Level
Species Family Moths 085-387: Geometerids
Preferred Environment
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Additional Identification Notes