Brimstone Moth - Opisthograptis luteolata


Wingspan 32-37 mm. A handsome yellow moth with red markings on the wing margins.

Identification difficulty

In any suitable habitat.

When to see it

Occurring in three overlapping generations in the south, graduating to just one brood in the far north. Adults can be expected on the wing at any time from April to October, depending on the locality and number of generations.

Life History

The larvae feed on a range of trees and bushes, including Hawthorn and Blackthorn.

UK Status

A common and widespread species in Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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