Friday, 20 July 2007

Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata)

Adult Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata) at Geddington, Northants - July 2011

Length: ?
Wingspan: 32-37mm
UK Status: Not Evaluated IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The Brimstone moth is a very distinctive species which can pretty much be identified by colour alone. To add a tiny bit of complexity, the Brimstone Butterfly, an entirely separate species, is also the same toxic yellow, however, they both move very much like a moth and a butterfly respectively,so hopefully that shouldn't be an issue. Mainly nocturnal in theory, it may occasionally, as in this case, be seen in the day.

Related Species:
Order:
Lepidoptera 
Family: Geometridae 
Genus: Opisthograptis
SUBSPECIES: None - monotypic

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A fairly common resident
 - Seen in Geddington

Further Notes: RSPB, WikipediaBirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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