Sirhowy Hill Woodlands

Scientific name: Opisthograptis luteolata

Brimstone Moth

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.

What does the Brimstone Moth eat?

The Brimstone Moth eats a range of trees and bushes including Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), and Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia).

What habitat does the Brimstone live in?

The Brimstone Moth lives in hedgerows, garden, scrub and woodland.

What family does the Brimstone Moth belong to?

The Brimstone Moth belong to the Geometridae family.

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Scientific Name

Opisthograptis luteolata


England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland


Medium sized

Wingspan Range: 28-42mm


Common and very well distributed throughout England, Wales, Scotland

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