Brimstone Moth

  • Brimstone Moth
    Brimstone Moth
  • Brimstone Moth
    Brimstone Moth
  • Brimstone Moth
    Brimstone Moth
  • Brimstone Moth
    Brimstone Moth
  • Brimstone Moth
    Brimstone Moth
  • Brimstone Moth
    Brimstone Moth
  • Brimstone Moth
    Brimstone Moth
  • Brimstone Moth
    Brimstone Moth
  • Brimstone Moth
    Brimstone Moth
  • Brimstone Moth
    Brimstone Moth

Scientific name: Opisthograptis luteolata

Two generations from April to May and August. Common to Great Britain and Ireland.

An unmistakeable yellow moth with chestnut-brown markings on the tips and along the leading edge of the forewings. They also have a white crescent or dash near to the leading forewing edge.

They can frequently be seen on the wing just before dusk and they are regularly attracted to light. Some overwinter as part-grown larvae on the foodplant but others as pupae in cocoons on the plant, in debris below it or in a crack in a wall.

Size and Family

  • Family – Thorns, beauties, umbers and allies (Geometridae)
  • Medium Sized
  • Wingspan Range – 28-42mm

Conservation Status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Common

Caterpillar Food Plants

A range of trees and bushes including Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), and Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia).

Habitat

Hedgerows, garden, scrub and woodland.

Distribution

  • Countries – England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland
  • Common and very well distributed throughout England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and the Channel Islands.