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Autumnal moth

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Insecta
Family  Geometridae
Scientific name  Epirrita autumnata
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Lepidoptera
Genus  Epirrita
Rank  Species
Autumnal moth Autumnal Moth Epirrita autumnata UKMoths
Similar  Epirrita, Operophtera, November moth, Pale November moth, Feathered thorn

The autumnal moth (Epirrita autumnata) is a moth of the family Geometridae. It is found throughout the Palearctic region and the Near East and has a much wider distribution than its two close relatives (see below). In Lapland, in some years the numerous autumnal moth larvae may defoliate square miles of birch forests on mountains.


Autumnal moth 1340 Epirrita autumnata Autumnal Moth 7434 Epirrita autumnata


Autumnal moth Hants Moths 70110 Small Autumnal Moth Epirrita filigrammaria

This species is very similar to the November moth and pale November moth and identification is usually only possible by examining the genitalia. In general this is the least variable of the three with melanic forms occurring less often. It is also usually on the wing earlier in the year, flying in September and October [1], although the flight seasons of all three species overlap.

Autumnal moth Hants Moths 70109 Autumnal Moth Epirrita autumnata

The caterpillar feeds on a wide variety of trees and shrubs (see below). The species overwinters as an egg.

  1. ^ The flight season refers to the British Isles. This may vary in other parts of the range.

Recorded food plants

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  • Abies – fir
  • Alnus – alder
  • Betula – birch
  • Carpinus – hornbeam
  • Corylus – hazel
  • Crataegus – hawthorn
  • Larix – larch
  • Lonicera – honeysuckle
  • Malus – apple
  • Picea – spruce
  • Pinus – pine
  • Populus – poplar
  • Prunus
  • Pseudotsuga – Douglas-fir
  • Quercus – oak
  • Salix – willow
  • Sorbus – rowan
  • Thuja – western redcedar
  • Tilia – lime
  • Tsuga – hemlock
  • Ulmus – elm
  • Vaccinium
  • Viburnum – nannyberry
  • Subspecies

  • E. a. altivagata
  • E. a. autumnata

  • Autumnal moth Autumnal Moth Epirrita autumnata Co Donegal


    Autumnal moth Wikipedia

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