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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.

Brimstone Moth

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Scientific Classification


  • Family: Geometridae
  • Genus: Opisthograptis
  • Scientific Name: Opisthograptis luteolata

Description and Identification

Caterpillar

They can be either green or brown, with a post anterior horn.

Brimstone Moth Caterpillar

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Brimstone Moth Larvae

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Pupa

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.

Brimstone Moth Pupa

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Adult Moth

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

Opisthograptis luteolata

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Egg

Females lay eggs soon after mating.

Brimstone Moth Eggs

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Quick Facts

DistributionPalearctic region and Western Asia
HabitatGardens, heathlands, scrubs, and woodlands
Lifespan of Adults8-9 months
Host PlantsApple, birch, blackthorn, currant, hawthorn, rowan, shadbush, and willow.
Adult DietDoes not feed

Did You Know

  • It is similar looking to the brimstone butterfly Gonepteryxrhamni.
Brimstone Moth Image

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Brimstone Moth Picture

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