Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata)
The brimstone moth is a geometer moth, first described by the Swedish entomologist Carl Linnaeus in his book Systema Naturae‘s 10th editionin 1758.
- Family: Geometridae
- Genus: Opisthograptis
- Scientific Name: Opisthograptis luteolata
Description and Identification
They can be either green or brown, with a post anterior horn.
It overwinters as either a pupa or a half-grown larva, doing so in a cocoon on debris near the host plant or in a crack in a wall.
Sexual Dimorphism: Present but not prominent.
Color and Appearance
Forewing: When the wings are open, they are bright yellow with brown patches and a brown-edged white stigma. When the wings are closed, the yellow color remains visible.
Hindwing: When the wings are open, they are similar to the yellow of the forewings with a dark discal dot and a faint grey postmedian line.When the wings are closed, the yellow color is still observable.
Average wingspan: 33–46 mm
Flight pattern: Erratic
Season: April to October
Females lay eggs soon after mating.
|Distribution||Palearctic region and Western Asia|
|Habitat||Gardens, heathlands, scrubs, and woodlands|
|Lifespan of Adults||8-9 months|
|Host Plants||Apple, birch, blackthorn, currant, hawthorn, rowan, shadbush, and willow.|
|Adult Diet||Does not feed|
Did You Know
- It is similar looking to the brimstone butterfly Gonepteryxrhamni.