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Species Operophtera brumata - Winter Moth - Hodges#7436

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Geometroidea (Geometrid and Swallowtail Moths)
Family Geometridae (Geometrid Moths)
Subfamily Larentiinae
Tribe Operophterini
Genus Operophtera
Species brumata (Winter Moth - Hodges#7436)
Hodges Number
7436
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Operophtera brumata, (Linnaeus, 1758)
Numbers
one of three species in the genus for North America north of Mexico
Size
wingspan is 28–33 mm
Identification
Females of this genus have vestigial wings
Range
Native to Europe, introduced to Northeast and Pacific Northwest, pest species in areas such as Boston. Established in the NW since the 1970s
Season
adult males seen October to February and often attracted to lights
Food
larvae feed on willow, trembling aspen, paper birch, balsam poplar, and bigleaf maple
Remarks
this introduced species is a serious pest (defoliator)

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Print References
Gwiazdowski, R.A., J.S. Elkinton, J.R. Dewaard, M. Sremac, 2013. Phylogeographic Diversity of the Winter Moths Operophtera brumata and O. bruceata (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) in Europe and North America. Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 106 (2): 143-151.
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - species page with photographs of living and pinned adults.